Date: 1st February 2017 at 8:49am
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How did the transfer window go for you?

Happy, not happy?

I tend to think that it was best for Brady and Olsson to leave and that the fees weren`t too bad. As is their way, the club report these fees as “undisclosed” but Olsson was widely reported as being £4m and Brady as £13m (including add-ons).

Considering how Brady had performed this last six months, I think that`s not a bad wedge of money for him. Letting such a high profile player leave doesn`t smack of absolute ambition but it`s not as simple as that.

He`s looked a little off the pace at times, short of effort? That`s a big thing to label at a player and I`m not entirely sure it was true with Robbie, perhaps he just isn`t that great or was struggling for form?

After all, the only clubs to be interested in him were lower reach Premier league clubs in a similar position financially and position wise as Norwich were expected to be, when he joined us two summers ago. Burnley have done very well and their home record has seen them move to within 11 points of the traditional 40 point safety mark with four months to go. It`s a good move for him.

In terms of a replacement, Yanic Wildschut is an unknown quantity to me. I saw him play 30 minutes against Man United in the FA Cup on Sunday, by which time Wigan had lost the game and he hardly got a kick, along with the rest of the Latics` team. I`ll reserve judgement until I see him but the reports leave me with reasons to be positive.

Mitchell Dijks looks (on paper) to be a decent acquisition but you never know until you see these lads play, do you? I applaud the sentiment of looking to improve the team/squad and I guess you`ve got to credit Alex Neil for not giving up on the deal when it looked dead and buried.

The positive tone is about to change though, when you look at the sale of Sergi Canos.

Yes, we got our money back but whatever the reasoning for him not playing, you`d have to agree that it`s a pretty poor chapter for the recruitment team. Maybe he just wasn`t good enough, although his league performances for Brentford last season suggest that there is a player inside there, so what went wrong?

Poor coaching, poor decision making over the purchase of the player, poor scouting?

We`ll probably never know but as I said, it doesn`t cover the recruitment team or Alex Neil in glory.

With the disaster that has been the last 3-4 months on the pitch, we needed a bit of a clear out and that hasn`t happened. I know it`s difficult to sell players if no-one wants them but we will now be stuck with Lafferty, Turner, Bassong and Whittaker until the end of the season, I suspect.

With Dijks now our only specialist left back, Whittaker is going to be his back up and that worries all of us, I`m sure. Those aforementioned players have been financial millstones around the club`s neck, especially Lafferty and Bassong, who are on big salaries. Turner is currently injured and, according to Neil, would`ve been looking to go out on loan to get some games had the injury not occurred.

As far as Lafferty goes, there`s been nothing in the media except reports of £30k pw wages – who can afford that and who would actually consider taking that on as “value for money” in the Championship? He`s nowhere near a Premier League player and only the bigger clubs in the division could afford him, both in salary and wages but none of them would be interested.

The summer window will be much more active, I`m sure. Various players will be out of contract and decisions will have to be made on a grand scale to overhaul the squad. IF City aren`t promoted and I still think that it`s a big ask, then players like Klose and Naismith and their big contracts will have to be discussed as to whether we can still afford them.

Interesting times ahead.

OTBC

 
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