Norwich City’s reported agreement with Crystal Palace over a deal for the transfer of Robbie Brady, assuming it is correct, means that Norwich City are suddenly desperately short at left back.
The £4m sale of Martin Olsson to Swansea left Brady as the Canaries’ only senior left sided player and if Brady is to be sold, then suddenly we’ve only got Steven Whittaker or Russell Martin to fill in at left back.
Steven Naismith is playing well enough at left wing at the moment but the reported purchase of Marvin Zeegelaar can’t come soon enough.
The Dutch left back was in Norwich on Wednesday for a medical, with a view to completing a ?3.5m transfer that will net him a ?1m a year salary as reported by Portuguese paper, A Bola, via the Pink ‘Un
Even if he does sign for City, the purchase of Zeegelaar will still leave City light in terms of left sided players and another one will be needed. If push comes to shove, Whitts or preferably Martin can stand in but there’s no substitute for a specialist in that position.
On the subject of the reported Brady fee of £9m rising to £12m with add-ons, it does seem a little cheap to me. Especially with Hull accepting a £10m fee from Burnley for Robert Snodgrass, who is 5 years older than Brady and has a shorter current contract.
It’s also been widely suggested that the deal that took Brady to Norwich included a 25% sell on fee, which cuts the profit down and means there will be less to re-invest in new players.
Not many of us really trust the board to get the right players in and spend the money wisely, which is a real shame so I’m expecting the worst. The ‘domino effect’ that Alex Neil has spoken about may well now happen but we really need a striker, a centre back and a second left sided player/wingback. Arguably a central midfielder is also needed but Jem Karacan might solve that in the short term. That money won’t go too far, will it?