The start of the new year means the opening of the winter transfer window and it has already seen the early cancellation of loans for two Canaries in the form of Rocky Bushiri (Blackpool) and Louis Thompson at Shrewsbury Town.
Thompson has always looked a player whenever I’ve seen him play for Norwich but his body has let him down too often. He has been susceptible to injury in the past and it seems this is what has led to his loan with the Shrews being cancelled.
Louis has made 14 appearances for them this season, scoring one goal but he’s now back at Norwich with an unspecified injury.
You’ve got to feel for the lad.
Finally, in terms of loans, it also looks like Patrick Roberts’ loan at Norwich will also be ending very soon. The Manchester City winger has barely played, having made just 4 substitute appearances for Norwich this season, and it seems a mutual agreement to end the loan has been agreed between the two clubs and the player.
His next destination seems likely to be Middlesbrough with ‘Boro manager, Jonathan Woodgate having this to say about Roberts to the Northern Echo.
“Nothing is done yet if it gets done, we’ll let you know, but he’s a player I like. Let’s wait and see. I don’t want to say anything on it at the minute because it’s a long way to go. But he’s a player I like.”
That would free up a domestic loan space in the Canaries’ squad as well as a spot in the 25 man Premier League squad that will need to be announced at the end of the month for the second half of the season.
In other news, Teemu Pukki’s toe is still causing concern as reported this morning by the Athletic’s Michael Bailey.
It’s a prized foot that’s been partially numb for 4 games. The stats say Teemu Pukki hasn’t quite been the same since.
Either way, it’s probably time for a rest – hopefully one not enforced by his hamstring.
— Michael Bailey (@michaeljbailey) January 2, 2020
Since coming off worse in a challenge with Ricardo Pereira at Leicester on December 14th, Pukki has looked a little laboured.
Michael reveals in his article that the goat has been having injections prior to the four games since the injury, despite the toe not being broken with a source of his describing Pukki’s toe as “a mess” before last night’s game with Crystal Palace.
City’s reliance on Pukki is obvious for all to see and the fact that he has played more minutes in the Premier League than any other Norwich player and that he has scored 9 of our 22 goals this season underlines Farke’s lack of an effective replacement.
Pukki simply has to play, that’s currently the way it is, especially with Josip Drmic having hamstring problems.
If you read Michael’s piece, you will see that Pukki’s stats have been getting steadily worse since Villa away and that against Palace, he had the lowest number of touches (20) of any of City’s starting players, including Tim Krul (27).
Hopefully, Pukki can now get ten days rest as the next game is away at Preston in the FA Cup, although who will lead the line at Deepdale is a big question. Dennis Srbeny missed the Palace game with a back problem, hence Adam Idah being on the bench. He’s a great young prospect but it might be a big ask for him to play from the start in such an important game.
There is plenty of speculation that Idah is wanted by a number of EFL clubs but with the current injury situation, Norwich can not afford to let him go out on loan, at least in the next few weeks.
Mr Bailey also reveals that Pukki’s early withdrawal against Palace was due to a fear of a hamstring tweak, so he is highly unlikely to be in the squad for Preston.
Let him put his feet up, I say and make sure you keep everything crossed 🤞