Overall, we have to say that it has been a fantastic summer of transfer activity at Carrow Road. Around £25 million has been invested in new talent and there has certainly been an emphasis on adding quality to certain areas.
It’s fair to say that a number of fringe players have left or been loaned out, and Norwich may even have slightly fewer numbers than they had last season. But they were able to find room to name 23 players in their Premier League squad, a squad that currently includes David Fox, Daniel Ayala and Luciano Bechhio—three players that are unlikely to feature this season.
That is perhaps a suggestion that there is still room for additions during the January transfer window. It’s always a good test of a squad in terms of finding two quality players for every position in the team, and that is something that Norwich are starting to see.
The fact that some fans can’t choose between player a or b shows how much stronger the squad is now. Of course, not every fan is going to love every player that has been acquired, Johan Elmander being an example of a player that has divided fan opinion. However, I would give Hughton about an eight out of 10 for his transfer activity.
Most signings have been made in attacking areas, and I certainly think that Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander are right on the money. I certainly think we did what we needed to this summer.
And I am expecting us to enjoy a comfortable season in which some very exciting attacking football will be seen. The early signs are certainly positive, but the club has clearly held something back for the January transfer window as well. It’s great that so many football experts have commented on the great business Norwich has done.
The big thing for Hughton is to deliver the results, though. Any manager that spends £25 million will be under pressure, especially when proven quality has been signed. But for now, we can just enjoy knowing the Canaries did some of the best business in the Premier League, business that should keep us in the league for another season at least. If this is the sort of business we can look forward to, then the future for Norwich City is only an exciting one.