We’re a week into the January transfer window now and there continues to be plenty of talk and movement surrounding Norwich City players. Loan manager, Neil Adams is no doubt very busy but there’s nothing too concrete with regard to first team incomings – yet.
Another young Canary has been recalled from a loan, with Josh Coley having had his season long-loan deal at Dunfermline Athletic cut short due to a lack of game-time, which has been a bit of a theme with other youngsters, so far.
Josh Coley has returned to City following the end of his loan spell at Dunfermline Athletic. https://t.co/HApuaf1wrr
— Norwich City Academy (@NorwichCityAcad) January 7, 2020
Rocky Bushiri was one of those, returning from Blackpool early for similar reasons but now having got himself a loan move back to the top flight in his native Belgium with Sint-Truiden. Rocky only managed 7 appearances for Blackpool under Simon Grayson, scoring one goal in rather amusing circumstances.
He scored a 90th minute winner for the Tangerines in a 2-1 EFL Trophy win against Wolves U23s and ripped his shirt off at a near empty Bloomfield Park – the one man and his dog applauded warmly with the dog barking once.
Norwich City centre-back Rocky Bushiri has joined Belgian Pro League side Sint-Truiden on loan for the rest of the 2019-20 season.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 7, 2020
With Norwich’s central defensive woes this season, there has been a lot of talk, at least on our forum, about U23 Captain Akin Famewo but he has failed to make an appearance for the first team, although he has been on the City bench (I think against Villa) once. He too though now has a loan deal sorted with a move to St. Mirren in the Scottish Premiership according to the Daily Record.
The 21-year-old travelled to Paisley on Tuesday night to finalise the move, according to the Record, and to me, that sort of move does make sense. If he were to stay in Norfolk, much like Adam Idah’s situation (although with a hat-trick under his belt at Preston last Saturday he does have an extra buzz around him), then if senior players are fit, would he play?
At the moment, we only have Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann as fit centre-backs but Ben Godfrey should be back at the end of the month adding some resilience to the position. I am a firm believer in young players needing game time to develop and that looks to be the case with Famewo and probably Idah too.
Dennis Srbeny could find himself back in the Bundesliga with former club, SC Paderborn 07 on a loan for the rest of the season and with numerous links to strikers in this window, it would seem as though another forward could be on City’s agenda.
The latest name to be linked is Le Havre striker, Tino Kadewere, as reported here by the EDP.
The Zimbabwe international has 17 goals and 4 assists in 19 Ligue 2 appearances, so far this season. Whether this is achievable or not is another matter, with the Le Havre President reportedly wanting a transfer with a loan back for the rest of the season for their star man.
I can’t see that sort of deal helping us much, we need effective senior players now if we are to pull off the “miracle” of staying up, as Daniel Farke referred to it.