Date: 5th July 2010 at 4:53pm
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Aside from Elliott Ward and Andrew Surman I had never heard of the players Paul Lambert had signed so far this summer – although it’s worth pointing out that I had never heard of Forster either and he has quickly become hot property.

The same can be said of Oli Johnson who made a decent contribution, particularly two late goals against Southend. Lambert and his gang clearly do their homework about these players and he is clear in what he wants to add to the team. I am far more comfortable with signing up and coming players who can make their name at Norwich, rather than shelling out thousands on wages for established players who may have passed their peak.

Following disastrous reigns under Grant and Roeder where loans and wages were crippling the club, this certainly seems the way forward. I trust Lambert’s judgment a lot more than the latter two, and put it this way – I don’t see another Fotheringham on the way.

Getting the signings in so quickly can only benefit the team; they have more time to play together and Lambert can go about solidifying his system. So what of John Ruddy?

At 6ft 4 he is plenty big enough and 23 is very young for a keeper, but Ruddy does have a decent level of experience for his age.

He has spent time on loan at 9 different clubs already, most recently at Motherwell last season where he impressed enough to be linked with moves to Celtic and Newcastle with Motherwell keen to keep hold of him.

In March following Everton’s signing of Jan Mucha, Ruddy conceded that he had no future at Everton, adding that he would like to return down south, where his family live in Cambridge.

The proximity to Norwich added a little more weight to the rumours of his imminent signing and being a relatively local lad he will no doubt settle well in Norfolk. Ruddy sees no ambition in acting as third choice keeper at Everton and his determination would most likely be matched by the ambition we have shown so far in the transfer market.

There is no denying that anyone’s first choice would be Forster, but we have wasted too much time in previous transfer markets chasing players without a Plan B, so Lambert cannot be blamed for losing patience with Hughton and Newcastle.

I would only hope that we don’t have to see Forster at Elland Road or Turf Moor this year.

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