For the first time in quite a long time, Norwich City go into the final day of a summer transfer window and I’m not panicking that we haven’t done enough.
Usually, I seem to be fretting that we need either strikers or defenders and it’s felt like that for the last five years.
Finally, though, we have a decent striker in Jordan Rhodes, who has as good a record in the Championship as anybody and we have some decent defenders too.
I won’t be crying if we don’t make any more signings today, and with the loan window open until the end of the month, I’m not expecting today to be busy from a Norwich point of view.
There are, of course, a few players that we all want to be moved on this summer. Nelson Oliveira, Russell Martin and Matt Jarvis would be my wishes to get out on loan but we have to be realistic with that and it looks as though only Nelson and Russ will have a chance of getting some game time this season.
Nelson looks ripe for a loan move abroad and Russ, well, he could go anywhere in Britain but at the moment he ‘s got some back trouble so not much looks like it’ll happen for a week or two yet.
Matt Jarvis is not currently training and seems further away from a return to the first team squad than ever, which means nobody is going to be queuing up to take him and his big weekly wedge off our hands.
Two out of three ain’t bad, I suppose.
Seriously though, it must be pretty soul destroying to watch your career as a professional sportsman ruined by injury.
There are also a few other younger candidates for loan moves with Remi Matthews the most likely. Remi has suffered the indignity of losing his chance to wear the number one shirt, having been unceremoniously usurped in his own territory by Tim Krul. Putting myself in his position for a moment, that must be absolutely gutting.
I feel for him, I really do. This was supposed to be his time to shine but it just didn’t work out. No one followed the script, did they?!
Other candidates for loan moves might be Todd Cantwell and Max Arrons, although I’d like to see both stay here and be used in the first team squad.
Arrons was used several times in pre-season at left back, despite being a right back by trade. With Jamal Lewis’ fitness lacking at the moment, James Husband in woeful form and Marco Stiepermann taken off with an injury on opening day, we’re currently a little light on the left.
At right back, there’s suddenly lots of competition among Ivo Pinto, Ben Marshall and Felix Passlack. We’ve gone from having only one right back last season, to suddenly having four this term.
If I was in charge and if Lewis isn’t ready and Stiepermann is injured, I’d be giving Max Arrons a chance against West Brom. The thought of Matt Phillips having James Husband on toast makes me shudder.
One other thing is Carlton Morris making good progress on his comeback. He’s reportedly back on the exercise bike and working hard. Maybe he’s on course for a quicker return than Farke and Webber thought and by the end of the year, could be a viable option.
ACL injuries are unpredictable but Carlton obviously has the best of the best in terms of recovery and physio treatments. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back playing in six months and he’s a lot older than Carlton, so you never know.