Norwich City: 4 Areas for the Canaries to Strengthen in January

James Kent@jimlk2007Contributor IIINovember 11, 2011

Norwich City: 4 Areas for the Canaries to Strengthen in January

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    No one can argue that Norwich City have adapted extremely well to life in the Premier League.

    However, the team can always be improved, and Paul Lambert has already confirmed that he is looking for new players in the January window, according to the Norwich Evening News.

    The question is, though, where should Norwich strengthen?

    There appears to be some key areas where reinforcements could be used, or as Lambert would say, the current Norwich players need a hand. So go ahead and enjoy the slideshow. 

Experienced Goalkeeper

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    John Ruddy is rightly Norwich city's first-choice goalkeeper, but the Canaries also have two very talented young goalkeepers in Jed Steer and Declan Rudd.

    The problem is neither of these goalkeepers is really getting experience in the Norwich first team at present.

    Ideally, both need to be sent out on loan. However, doing so at the same time would be too big of a risk, in case Ruddy is sent off or picks up an injury in a game. An alternative option might be to offer some sort of loan rotation system. But Jed Steer is probably considered too raw to be put on the bench at the moment.

    The end result: Declan Rudd is not getting first-team football at Norwich, nor is he getting it anywhere else.

    Rudd really needs to get regular games at a Championship or League One team. This will allow Rudd to get used to playing regularly, so when he becomes the Norwich City No. 1, it won't be an entirely new experience for him.

    The best option, therefore, seems to be to sign an experienced goalkeeper in the January transfer window, whose role will be to sit on the bench and give some serious competition to Ruddy for a first-team place.

    Who we could get at a reasonable price is anyone's guess, but this signing could be crucial to the club's long-term future.

New Central Defender

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    There is no doubt that Norwich haven't been as tight at the back as they would have liked. This is especially true in the last two games in which the team conceded six goals.

    However, it's hard to think where Lambert can get the right player from.

    It's likely that the manager will continue to shop in the Championship and League One, but don't expect Paul Lambert to sign an established Premier League or international defender.   

New and Creative Attacking Midfielder

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    It seems that Norwich could perhaps do with an alternative to Wes Hoolahan.

    In the Canaries squad, the Irishman is unique in what he can bring to the team. The other central midfield players such as David Fox, Bradley Johnson, Korey Smith and Andrew Crofts are all of a similar type.

    Two names come to mind here—Southampton's Adam Lallana and Arsenal's Henri Lansbury.

    Lansbury may have recently signed a new contract at Arsenal, but is he ever really going to break into the first team there?

New Striker

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    The Canaries could do with another striker, and surely Paul Lambert knows this.

    Of course, it is clear he will continue to look in the Championship and League One, and Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes has already been linked.

    There are, of course, other options.

    The top of the Championship top scoring board offer some interesting choices—Rickie Lambert and Charlie Austin could be worth a gamble, for instance.

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