The Tuckster with speculation on a striker change at Carrow Road…
I think that every single one of us as Norwich City fans are aware of a lack of striking options.
After the departure of James Vaughan on a season long loan to Huddersfield we all expected a new striker to arrive.
We duly got Tottenham’s Harry Kane on loan who very quickly got himself injured. Harry had shown glimpses of what he is capable of but the jury is still out. He looks very promising but we’ll have to wait and see.
Chris Martin seems completely out of the first team picture now, which leaves Hughton with only three fit strikers to choose from.
After a bit of early season tinkering, which is fair enough as Hoots had only just got here, the manager has now settled on a 4-5-1 formation with just one striker.
That formation is very fashionable across europe at the moment and is also very flexible, especially when you have a player like Wes Hoolahan to play behind the striker.
That lone striker is Grant Holt – Morison could play that role as well but Jackson would struggle. Jackson always works better playing with a big man in a front two.
I’m sure that there will be times when Hughton plays two up top but ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ seems to be the current way of thinking.
I for one, think that the 4-5-1 has worked pretty well and made us more solid, especially with Tettey and Johnson forming such a strong partnership.
But this article is about strikers – you may have read elsewhere that speculation is mounting that Steve Morison may well be put up for sale in January. The idea being that if Morro goes then that would free up a striking berth for a new-comer.
Press reports today are linking City with Slovenian striker Robert Beric. Apparently the Maribor striker caught Hughton’s eye when his Birmingham side met them in the Europa League last season.
Beric is very highly rated and other press reports suggest that Tottenham and our old mates at Aston Villa are also watching him – One report even has him on his way to Villa for £2.5m. Of course this is all speculation at the moment.
Morison has been a topic of conversation among City fans since he first arrived. His commitment has been questioned on a near weekly basis by some.
My own thoughts are that Steve Morison is a good pro – his ten league goals for City last year brought us plenty of points and he should be worth at least what we paid for him (rumoured to be around £2m).
He would be a top signing for one of the bigger more ambitious Championship sides, maybe Forest or Leeds.
Is he good enough to be going forward with for Norwich City? I don’t think so. The Premier League is among the best leagues in the world and to compete you have to have something a bit better than being a good pro. That helps of course in any player but I would want someone a bit quicker and a bit more skilfull.
Another name that might be worth a look is Man City’s John Guidetti. The Swedish striker scored 20 goals in 23 games for Feyenoord last season and has just signed a new 3yr deal at The Etihad – maybe he needs a loan experience at Carrow Road. He hasn’t made a league appearance for Man City yet and would certainly get games at Norwich.
What do you think, who would you like to see up front for The Canaries in January?