Norwich City have the real deal in Louis Thompson

Norich City's tenth transfer window signing Louis Thompson returned to Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the season. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. Norich City's tenth transfer window signing Louis Thompson returned to Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the season. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
10:01 AM

Norwich City have landed the full package in Swindon Town’s highly-rated teenage midfielder Louis Thompson.

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The 19-year-old was the final signing unveiled on transfer deadline day, but has returned to the County Ground for the rest of this season to continue his education under the watch of Robins’ boss Mark Cooper.

“For us, it’s a win this season because we get some money and we get to have Louis back,” he said. “Norwich have thought, ‘We need to act now before somebody else gets him and if that means we have to loan him back to Swindon then so be it’. They’ll have their midfielders for this season but they’ll certainly be looking for Louis for next season. It’s a good deal for us.”

Cooper, speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire, believes Thompson’s big move will not affect the midfielder who followed his older brother, Nathan, into Swindon’s first team set-up.

“He’s a wonderful young man and comes from a fantastic family. He deserves every little bit of success that comes his way,” said Cooper. “With his brother as well, they work their socks off. This is the reward for the hard work he’s put in over the last few years. I’m pleased he’s going to a big club next year but that we get to see the best of him this year.”

City’s hierarchy also sanctioned a loan move for Luciano Becchio, with the striker joining Championship rivals Rotherham until January 1. The 30-year-old has yet to open his goal account for Norwich but plundered 75 league goals in 190 appearances for Leeds.

“This is a lad who at Championship level has a CV that says simply ‘I score goals’,” Rotherham boss Steve Evans told his club’s official site. “Luciano is a talented boy who will again complement the playing squad we have assembled at New York Stadium. There was a lot of fans at other clubs probably thinking that he was heading to their club and right up to around seven o’clock there was interest from clubs elsewhere including some very near us in the Championship.

“We didn’t have to do a lot of convincing him, we just talked as a staff about the games we’d watched him play for Leeds, for Norwich and even ones we’ve seen him play in the development squad or reserves at Norwich. We spoke about where we would see him in our squad and how he needed to get back that feeling of scoring goals and how he’d be joining a good squad with plenty of competition amongst the strikers. He was then keen to come here. It is a further sign of the progress Rotherham United has made in the last two years.”

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39 comments

  • Robin Hood - there seems to be some clarity of thought, and a cunning plan in the making, don`t you think? Perhaps that was what the Useless One was targeted to achieve but wasn`t up to the task? It seems such a sea change in approach, that it must`ve been in gestation before Neil took over. If so, kudos to Machianalli. (I don`t always `knock him`. Not that he`d be bovvered anyway!) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • It's interesting that the top Premiership sides are seen as visionary when they sign top young talent and immediately loan the players back, or to other clubs around Europe, with a view to fulfilling a planned future role on their return, rather than under-utilising them on the fringe of the first team. I like the commitment that we've made to Thompson and, with it, to the club's future and hope the plan works out for everyone concerned.

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    Robin Hood

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Blimey, Jakarta! Fozzie AND Grant?? Fulham must have a secret bet placed somewhere. Maybe in Dubai, the epicentre of dodgy dealings, and the Den of that Dastardly Despot, Dubya. Do they WANT to get relegated again? Fotheringham has had his contract terminated a few times. Who is operating the levers inside Magath`s cranium? Felix the Cat? PrestonCan; that`s how I see it too. Adams has great experience of dealing with young players. He has a core of wise old heads to steady the ship. I just hope he gets enough support. We don`t want him to work himself to death. Gary Holt should be good, don`t know much about Robson, but I`m sure he wouldn`t be there if Neil didn`t want him. We must all resist the temptation to get euphoric before euphoria is due. It does look like the Board (McNally) has moved on from the Lucky Strike represented by Lambert and the Flaccid Flop represented by Hughton. There is a bit of structure in place, hopefully. That Fast-Track Management Studies Course for Footy Directors may bear fruit after all. Congratulations to Kirby Bedon College of Commerce and Root Vegetables. ;-). OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • You have to ask yourself what the lad himself would have wanted.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • I have no problem with the signing of the likes of Thompson and then loaning him back. I think that is what we should have done with Butterfield, and I can't help but think that we sent that lad's career backwards because we didn't have a plan for his development and integration into the team. One thing that I hope that we get right under NA is the proper planning for the development of our young players. This season, if used properly, could be an opportunity to do that. Let's see the likes of McGeehan, or Toffolo and Jacob Murphy (Josh seems to be getting some game time and looks to be starting to push Redmond for a spot). Adams can't argue that he doesn't have options in the squad and hopefully he can learn the art of rotation so that we can start to see some of these youngsters coming through or going out on loan. NA has a track record of working with and believing in young players and that ethos has to come from him down through the rest of the coaching staff to make it happen. OTBC and let's enjoy this season

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • With Thompson I agree that NA is building for the future and whilst it would be good to see him play here I would agree that he needs playing time, which may not have come his way here. Becchio I wish well and hope he finds the rich vein of form he had with Leeds, though to be fair I feel we all agree he never had a chance here! MB on the matter of Fulham and Mark "Fozzie the Flick" Fotheringham he will fit in well as Peter Grant is first team coach, could that be part of their bad start? OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Good tip on Forums, alan clark. I got on to some sort of Leeds forum at the time of signing Bradley Johnson. Nearly every comment was in the `sour gr^pes` category. Also comments along the lines, "he can`t play anyway. Jonny Howson`s the real footballer" - until we signed him, too! Then out came the old Pinot Grudgio vinegar. I don`t doubt that there is a cunning plan in how Neil got this young chap. In effect; he has slapped a "Reserved" sign on him. I just hope our local meeja don`t hype him up too much before he`s even kicked a ball for us. It looks like Neil is intending to keep the conveyor belt of young talent topped up. I suppose it should be remembered that conveyor belts not only bring things in, they can also take them out again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Naah , I like to see'em play for City , and then judge them from that . Impressed by the extended research though , Alan Clark , bravo . Pity Archie doesn't do that before announcing every arrival as the Acme of footballing skill .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • FOGGO..Here is some advice on how to judge incoming players...1,Go on to the selling clubs forums 34 different ones,and read comments...here you will get a few "he wasn't all that" type comments which sometimes is sour grpes and some will be positive or moaning at their own club for selling..But to get a real view,use their history,go back up to 6 months and then read their comments..With Swindon not only does the six month rule PRAISE THOMMO to the sky but EVEN THE LATEST COMMENTS ARE ALL!, POSITIVE! Not one "glad he is gone to be honest" Comments like "superb player who will go all the way ,but just get us promoted before you leave and start your climb to the top" 2,Read news sites pages comments and sometimes you will get other fans clubs saying "we should've gone in for him"Like A Cardiff fan wrote on a sports site. Mad Brewster..cannot out the trolls as my info I get Would lead to trouble for someone :)

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    alan clark

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I can see why Slightly Objectionable gets annoyed. It would appear that there is always somebody who disagrees with every decision made. Whilst that was entirely the correct line to take under the previous management because nearly everything they did was stupid, the overall picture by the current management on transfer moves is an excellent one. Also consider this: perhaps the only way that Swindon could be persuaded to let us sign this lad was if they could have him for this season. We don't have a reserve team to give him experience and we have midfield players coming out of our ears so the only alternative was a loan deal somewhere or he could join Seb the Sulker sitting on his backside for a season. Where better for a loan spell than where he has prospered so far? There you are SO, a reasoned and non-sarky response.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I really cannot buy into why people are so antagonistic toward SO. He\she\it is only using his\her\its right to hold an opinion. Even in a padded cell.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Let the lad play football HERE would be better .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Ooooh , temper tantrums . It's only a game , you know . As a spanner , should I pop over and give your nuts a twist ? As for the Colney lock-up idea , that isn't such a bad idea . I thought the whole point of the place was for people to practice their footballing skills to maintain and improve the exiting players , and to bring on the young'uns . If playing at Swindon or wherever is reckoned to be superior schooling then you might as well move the whole Operation down there and sell Colney for building houses on .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • 'So Obnoxious' I've only got to see your name and it irritates me. re. 'Bring on Foggo's post, just make your point without the sarcasm. You're such a spanner.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Building for the future with the likes of this lad and the other young players in or around the first team squad. I like it.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • You're absolutely right Foggo, he should have been kept, padlocked, at Colney for the next twelve months to prevent injury. Not allowed to continue to play football and develop in an environment where he feels comfortable. It's an investment in the future, stop treating it like we have bought Messi and loaned him back to Barca. Let the lad play football.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Silly headline , NCFC dont have ANY sort of deal in Thompson because he wont be here . According to this ( usual ) over-puffing of the new signing , the only thing missing is that no star appeared in the heavens at his birth . When he eventually arrives here ( hobbling on one leg ) in a year we shall see if it was the right choice to buy him , or to provide S U with his requested new linemarker buckets . And Sammy says you cant have the StJA blanket back , winter is coming on and the Groundsmans store has terrible draughts .I'm sure Becchio's loan deal will say he cant play us ( isn't that a standard clause all clubs use ? ) but I hope he does well up at Rotherham and recovers the form he had at Leeds . ( I dont know why so many players seem to lose their form on arrival here - must be something in the air - Mustard vapour fumes from over the river ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Too expensive to terminate Bassong, MB? We could have a collection at half time, like the old days when some well meaning men from St Johns Ambulance walked round the pitch with a blanket you threw coins in. Got hit by half a crown once but it was worth it, paid for fish n chips on the way home. That blanket used to fill up nicely though so I'm sure it would buy someone who could provide the appropriate service.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Lets hope Becchio finds some form, he has not had an easy time of it at Norwich, certainly not had much opportunity really. I wonder if the terms of the loan allow him to play against City ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Ethered. I like the Swindon arrangement very much. We secure a promising player for the future. He gets to stay and mature, in both footballing terms and in a broader sense, in an environment with which he is familiar. Much better that spending 1, 2, and 3 month loans spells around the depth of the leagues in dogs far form friends and family.

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Anybody remember Mark "Fozzie the Flick" Fotheringham? Somehow he got to be Captain, but eventually his contract was terminated. He`s had more clubs than a golf bag. He even had three separate spells at Dundee, generally brief. A few more contract terminations along the way. I suppose it`d be too expensive to terminate Bassong? A carbuncle on Carra. Once he`s gone, a Hall of Fame place awaits... Btw; Fulham have Fotheringham now. There is something seriously amiss inside Magath`s skull. That could be one `Danger Spot` reserved in advance. 1 down, 2 to go. Perhaps even we might beat Fulham this season? Fingers crossed...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I like the Swindon arrangement very much indeed. We secure a promising talent for the future - there is always a risk in that but that is in no way exacerbated, let alone created, by this deal. He gets to develop on loan in an environment with which he is familiar, with people (friends and family) with whom he is familiar, and without being subjected to moving digs every couple of months or so.

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Tall foreign striker, Timbo? Could it have been David Strihavka, aka Havstrika? It`s a concern that the (anonymous) hacks are already hyping up young Thompson, albeit by the usual technique of Cut `n` Paste. He won`t be kicking a ball for us until next pre-season, FFS. I hope there is a "deliver goods undamaged" caveat in the deal. Not moaning, or even grousing. Just saying.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I'm not keen on this Swindon arrangement tbh. It's like we've signed him, but not signed him. I spose if that was the only way Swindon would let him go then ok, but we could do with him now really. Becchio down to join that "elite" group of weird City signings including that Yugoslavian bloke from years ago + that tall foreign striker from just a few years back ( name's have gone + I can't be botherred to Google 'em) both of whom were signed + vitually unused. Becs will start scoring again no doubt about it + I do hope there's a clause in the loan that he can't play against us.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I don't even see the point in playing Bassong in any development squad if reports are true regarding the rift between NA. 'Leaving the door open' is probably NA being diplomatic after being advised by DMcN that SB is still an asset of the club .......... an emergency loan beckons (hopefully)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • You are right CanaryWest re. Becchio. After nearly two years at the club we hardly know anything about him. He was a prolific scorer for Leeds in the championship and his treatment by NCFC is puzzling. Unless he 'did a Bassong' and nobody got to here about it.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Bassong , with his attitude, has made himself unplayable, unwanted and a pariah with the fans. One wonders where he thinks that his stance will get him? Perhaps he is too busy playing at home with his hand guns to get off his back side and attempt to get back into the side. In his own mind he is above having to prove he can play before getting selected?

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Maybe Bassong`s broken too, though I doubt he`s broke.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Maybe so, but he's still broken. Maybe some loan football can revive him but his competition is far better than him currently. It's as simple as that. At least he's trying though unlike Bassong.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • If Becchio`s `broken`, then Chrissie broke him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • You always beat me to it, NMTD! Assimilate the mysteries of the invisible forwardslash and the available back\slash, and you are then the `Real Deal`! Only Archie may access the F-S. Only Archie may say `D!ckens, Ar$enal, C0ckles or Scu¬thorpe`. Respect, NMTD! Nor(w)ich did a similar trick in recruiting Ryan Bennett, but not for a whole season. A 2 month loan-back to Posh, I think. I`ll never fathom the logic of `The Unmentionable One` recruiting players he then ignored. Becchio and Butterfield. Later; Garrido. Admittedly, he was pushed down the pecking order by Olsson, but to totally ignore him was c**p man management. To some extent, even Hooper was peripheralized, in the quest to let Winkel score another goal. How protracted was the pursuit of Hoops?? At least Neil does not have a hard act to follow. Just a bit of cleaning up to do. After the Nightmare`s Show, clear up the s#!1.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Becchio is the past, this lad and the others are the future. Would you honestly have Becchio the way he is right now ahead of Grabban, Laffertey, Loza, Jerome or even the wide forwards like the murphys and Redmond? Let him go and see what he can do at Rotherham but I suspect he might be broken.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Can't help but think we have wasted an opportunity with LB. He has a proven track record at this level. Hope he does well with the Millers!

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    Bob Hunt

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • ...and the loan back idea is the sort of flexibility that we need to secure the best deals. Well done NCFC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Becchio was certainly a victim of the old regime and needs a chance. It seems that he has stuck to his game despite the way he was treated, whiçh says a lot about the man. I am sure that he will not play against us, that is a very difficult situation for the player and both teams.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • "Norich City's tenth transfer window signing" .......... c'mon Archie NORICH really .......... and what does "Photo credit should read: David DaviesPA Wire." It does read that !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Yes CanaryWest, we all wish him well after the way he has been treated particularly by he should not be named.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • When he gets up to full match fitness it will be interestibg to see if Becchio can bang in a few goals to send a strong message to the management teams of past and present. Personally, I wish him luck and hope he does well.

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I hope he is not allowed to play against us for Becchio is bound to score a hatrick

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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