Super Tom Trybull – arguably as good a free signing as we`ve ever picked up.
The young German midfielder has been through a few clubs since leaving Werder Bremen, for one reason or another, but he seems to have found a home in Norfolk and I`m glad he has.
Tom is not only a tough tackler in the defensive role but crucially, he can pick a pass and as we saw on Saturday, he can also score the odd goal. His third of the season was one for the album and assisted by Alex Tettey, who played the ball to him.
Tettey and Trybull have forged an excellent defensive midfield partnership but it looks likely to only last for the rest of the season with all the odds looking like Alex will move on in the summer when his contract expires. He`s been a good servant to the club but at his age and with those knees, his Norwich career is in it`s twilight days now.
Nothing is of course certain and he could yet stay. Perhaps for another year as he`s certainly proven his worth, after being told by Daniel Farke before the season`s start that he was looking to “play another way.” As it turned out, he was restored to the starting XI after the Millwall drubbing in August and been a first choice (when fit) ever since.
Much would depend on Tettey wanting to stay and the club wanting him as well. Money might be an issue, as Alex is probably on a salary that Stuart Webber would fancy trimming and he`s the wrong side of 30, not to mention those rumours of his wife wanting to return to Norway.
Getting back to Tom Trybull though, he will definitely be here, after signing on at Carrow Road until 2021. The question will be who partners him?
Ben Godfrey would be a candidate, so too would be the very unlucky (with injuries) Louis Thompson, both of whom are excellent young players.
Having met Tom a couple of times, I can tell you that he comes across as a very polite and humble young man, who seems genuinely pleased to be here and he`s backed that up on the pitch time and again.
He also has the best song of any current player in green and yellow!
Daniel Farke obviously knew of him, and Trybull freely admits he didn`t know the City Head Coach before he came to Norfolk but Farke did his homework and convinced Tom this was the club for him. It`s nice to know that there are such players around and in Moritz Leitner, we have another player that has plenty of talent but has struggled to fit in in the last couple of years, first at Lazio and then at Augsburg. Daniel Farke was key in him coming to Norwich and let`s hope we can keep him in the summer.
If James Maddison goes for a big fee then I reckon, after only watching him for 30 minutes on Saturday, that Mo could be the man we choose to replace him.
As I`ve said before, we aren`t a knee jerk kind of reacting club anymore. There`s clearly a lot more planning and preparation going into transfers than arguably there ever has been.
The future, especially in midfield is looking rosy.