I think we must all agree that this season has been one of consolidation for Norwich City. There has been some football that not all of us have enjoyed as much as we would have liked. However, many of us realize that it’s all about survival.
We are all familiar with the statistics that make surviving in the top flight so difficult for the second season in the league. However, Chris Hughton has weathered that storm relatively well and will feel that he can finish the job.
I think most fans are not all that concerned about relegation, but it’s more of a reaction to the style of football.
The signs are certainly there that next season could be the most exciting in the club’s history for years, and the signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel offers a deep insight into where the club wants to go from here.
Clearly not the sort of move from a club that are purely seeking survival season after season, the Canaries have been through a process that will now allow them to be ambitious. I’m sure the Dutch striker won’t be the only exciting new arrival during the summer.
There is a sea of change at Carrow Road as the club seek to make themselves a significant force within the league. This season the likes of West Brom and Swansea have done well to establish themselves in the top half of the league.
And this is certainly something that the Canaries can look at for inspiration next season. It’s hard to be specific about a league position. But I think fans want to see some level of ambition, I think this will be shown by the players that come in.
However, it’s fair to say that supporters also want to see a more attacking mentality. The defence has been a strong point for the club this season, and we certainly want to continue the good work from that. Under Paul Lambert, it almost seemed that the team didn’t know the meaning of a clean sheet.
Therefore, Hughton now needs to trust in those defensive abilities and look at improving the team going forward. If he can manage that then he will find most of the fans will be on his side.
I have said previously that we have lacked a goalscorer this season. Therefore, if Ricky van Wolfswinkel can score just double figures, that would a significant improvement in at least one area.