Date: 16th July 2019 at 5:23pm
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Norwich City have signed Sam Byram for £750k from West Ham.

I know the lad only had one year left on his contract but to me, that feels like a bit of a bargain.

When he left Leeds for the Hammers in a £4m deal In 2016, I was a little envious. He was a player that I’d watched a few times and I’d always been impressed with him. I harboured forlorn hopes that City would make a move for him but the reality was that the deal was too rich for us and Byram wanted Premier League football.

It’s fair to say that the move didn’t really work out for him. He struggled with injury and never managed to play enough to make himself indispensable at either right-back or right-wing and now, Manuel Pellegrini has other options.

Time and football move on and it waits for no man, so a fresh start was needed.

This is, I would suggest, a typical Stuart Webber/Daniel Farke signing.

A player who has lost his way a little, with undoubted talent that just needs an opportunity to prove it. He’s the right age at 25 to sign a long four-year-deal and no doubt he’s hungry to impress and kick start his career all over again.

In case you hadn’t noticed, all four of this summer’s signings fit the same sort of mould. Roberts, Drmic, Byram and Fährmann are all going to have something to prove to their former and current clubs and the Canaries are giving them the stage to do it.

A good way of judging a signing is the general opinion of the football fans at large. It only works for players that have a profile in England or on the greater world stage, which is why you can’t judge the signing of a Tom Trybull or Mario Vrancic because very few members of the Canary nation knew much about them.

Byram is a little different though.

OTBC

 
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