The Express & Star are reporting today that Wolves are set to make Simeon Jackson a top transfer target. It’s certainly an interesting link because Jackson hasn’t exactly been a regular in the Norwich City side this season.
However, he did start the last match for the Canaries and is very much part of Chris Hughton’s plans. Therefore, I would be surprised if the player was available for transfer, especially since Norwich are relatively light on striking options.
So, join me as I go through some of the reasons why we need to keep hold of our striker in this latest Norwich City-inspired slideshow.
By far the biggest reason to stick with Simeon Jackson is the pace he has. I admit that it’s unlikely that he is going to start many games. However, the option to bring him off the bench to potentially impact games is certainly a useful one.
But it’s important to keep in mind Chris Hughton’s opinion of the player. The Norwich City manager rarely starts the player, and he is not usually the first option from the bench with Steve Morison often preferred.
Nevertheless, it’s going to be a tough second half of the season, and with James Vaughan seemingly out on loan for the season, I strongly feel that we need to keep Simeon here. I just hope that Hughton realizes what a powerful weapon the striker’s pace can be in the Premier League.
We know from experience that the January transfer window can be a very difficult window in order to do business. It’s fair to say that business can be done, but it usually comes at a premium price. I have a feeling that David McNally will only entertain a deal if it comes at the right price.
Therefore, we have to keep in mind that a new striker may not be arriving in this window. And if that is the case, then we certainly don’t want to be losing one of the options that we do have. In general, we must only consider a deal for Jackson if we are certainly getting a replacement with similar qualities.
There is no doubt about it that fans like a certain type of player. As a general rule, it doesn’t really matter how good of a player you are, but it’s all about how hard you work. Team players are wanted, but those who are selfish are not. Jackson is always likely to be well received by fans because he runs about, chasing everything.
I’m sure given the choice, the vast majority of Norwich City fans would much prefer to see the back of Steve Morison than Simeon Jackson, and a lot of that is to do with the different perceived levels of effort.
Nevertheless, hardworking team players are certainly useful, and I don’t think Norwich will want to dispense with one of them.