For one Norwich City player, in particular, this has been a frustrating, disappointing summer of the highest order.
This was the summer that it was all meant to happen for goalkeeper, Remi Matthews. Instead, though, the Gorleston born youngster is looking at another summer NOT being the Canaries’ number one.
Remi has been tweeting and his tweet makes me think that he’s got something lined up ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, although the loan deadline isn’t until the end of the month.
More determined then ever!!!!
— Remi Matthews (@Remi_matthews) August 5, 2018
That tweet was sent in isolation and it doesn’t give much away but it suggests to me that he’s not giving up but he might have accepted that he needs to move to get regular first team football.
The signs were good for Remi when he went out on loan to Plymouth last season and put in a series of headline grabbing performances.
After that, he was expected to push on and claim the number one jersey for his boyhood club but a patchy pre-season has seen that dream in tatters and Norwich signing Tim Krul effectively as his replacement.
My take on this is that Michael McGovern will be the number two, primarily because of his large salary, that he seemingly can’t get anywhere else, and that Remi will leave, either on loan or permanently.
With just one year left on his contract and after seeing Tim Krul sign up for two years, you’d have to question whether it would be sensible to sign a new contract at Norwich, if you were in his boots. Assuming one was offered, of course.
If he decides that the moment has gone then he’ll need to play regularly and he has the makings of an excellent keeper. It’s just that this wasn’t the right time for him. That makes me feel sad for him but ultimately, he just didn’t do enough to justify giving him the number one shirt and there’s little sentimentality in this game.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if something is announced fairly soon, one way or the other. As one door closes…