The arrival of Kyle Lafferty at Carrow Road means one thing for sure – someone will be leaving.
City now have RvW, Hooper, Becchio, Grabban, Lafferty and Jamar Loza, who signed a two year contract last Monday.
Even if Neil Adams intends to play with two strikers, conventional wisdom suggests that only four are required in the squad. That may be slightly different with regard to Loza as he is still learning his trade and is likely to be used sparingly at first.
It looks to me as though the most likely departure will be Becchio. Unlucky Lucciano found game time very hard to come by under Chris Hughton and even more difficult under Neil Adams at the end of last season.
He is proven in the Championship and there will be no shortage of takers for a player that will still do a job, just probably not for us. Lafferty is 6’4′ and could best be described as a target man to hold the ball up.
With pacey Lewis Grabban in the squad as well, perhaps we will return to a ‘little & large’ striker pairing ala Holt and Jackson, although at 6′ tall, Grabban isn’t little but he has a lot of pace.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s tweet this week stating that he’s back in Norwich and focusing on the new season suggests that at the moment he is staying. RvW has plenty to prove but perhaps a drop down to a supposed ‘lesser quality opposition’ could be the making of him in a City shirt. The flip side of that coin is that the Championship is more physical than the Premier League and Ricky looked lightweight up there – perhaps he’ll hit the weights over the summer.
So assuming that Becchio does leave, I think that will leave us with a reasonable strike force for the season ahead. Grabban is proven and Hooper looks likely to be a threat. Lafferty will be a handful (hopefully just on the pitch) and Ricky has everything to prove to salvage his career. Loza is the unknown quantity with plenty of promise.
One thing of note about Lafferty’s arrival can be found in his comments to canaries.co.uk about his conversations with Neil Adams prior to making his mind up.
“Speaking to the gaffer, everything he said and everything he wants me to do, it`s good to have someone like that believing in me.’
“What he wants to do this season is play attacking football and hopefully score a lot of goals so the fans are right behind us from the first minute. With the team we have there`s no reason why we can`t do that.
“They`re a team that wants to get promoted to the Premier League at the first opportunity, so I`m excited to come here and start playing football for a team like this.”
Attacking football with lots of goals – music to my ears.