Norwich City’s January shopping will not be dictated by the Canaries’ Premier League away struggles

Norwich City captain Sebastien Bassong was one of the big success stories for the Canaries in last sesaon's transfer market. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City captain Sebastien Bassong was one of the big success stories for the Canaries in last sesaon's transfer market. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, December 7, 2013
8:00 AM

Chris Hughton insists Norwich City’s January transfer spending plans will not be affected by the club’s enduring struggles away from home.

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Hughton brought in Sebastien Bassong and Michael Turner at the start of last season to address worrying deficiencies at the back but the City chief does not subscribe to the view it could be time for a repeat experiment next month.

“We’ll see. I am fairly consistent on that and how we go about our business and if we feel there is an opportunity to strengthen then we will,” he said. “For me it is not about bringing in new players right now, we need to be more concentrated in what we are doing. We mustn’t also forget we have gone through a difficult period with injuries. Alex Tettey is a big miss for us at the moment and Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) is another who has missed a series of games. You then add (Anthony) Pilkington and (Robert) Snodgrass and that is even before you consider we have been without Elliott Bennett since the start of the season. We are missing key players and that must have an effect.”

Hughton knows his players will be tested at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

“Players are used to taking knocks. That comes with the territory and there is no player who hasn’t been through a difficult period or good and bad form,” he said. “The only way to bounce back is to continue to work hard and believe in what you do as players and look forward to the better days.”

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15 comments

  • another set of excuses........all this does is attempts to lower the expectation levels of the fans. So in the end we are delighted at scraping a 1-0 home win over the worst club in the premier (if you look at the table). Mine is already as low as i have ever known it. I "lose it" when we get into the oppositions half these days!....so it is non-winning, non-attacking, non-exciting...add these three together and you have a bit of a disaster. Time for a change, i have been convinced.

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    kpg24uk

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Given we only have 22 first team players at the club right now as Redmond is under 21, I would have thought 3 back up players were essential given the injury situation. Not that injuries are an excuse as all clubs get them every season but successful managers make sure they have sufficient cover in their squads. We certainly need at least one more quality centre back, ideally of captain material, another ball winning central midfielder and a decent target man as a minimum. Perhaps we should also look at shipping a couple out to strengthen in other areas as well.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Don't worry about January spending Chris, cos you will not be there to spend the money !

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • ship elmander back to turkey so we can get a decent no9.Hard tackling midfielder,who can cover centre back and anyone who knows where the goal is!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Not looking for new players????

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    norman hall

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Anthony Stokes, Kris Commons, Scott Brown from Celtic. Sell Becchio, Ellmander, Martin. May sound controversial, but RM's days at this level appear to be over from what I have witnessed this season.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • More goalkeepers, thats what we need!

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • If hes still here in January...he will probably buy 3 more strikers and never play them

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    Henry

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • TK - exactly! I would've thought our struggling away form is the perfect reason to bring in 3 players! So exactly when IS a good time to being in players.. when you don't need them?!

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    MancCanary

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • From the sounds of that interview we need a new fitness coach, one who can keep key players free from injury. However I also subscribe to the theory that a happy player tends to be an injury free player too as they are desperate to play every week. When players are not so happy and not so keen on playing the will accept any little knock as an excuse for sitting in the stands and earning their £20k a week.

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    Disco Dale's step-over

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • I am not sure why we keep harping on about struggles away from home as we also struggle at home.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • I agree about a new centre back, mainly because Bassong's form and fitness has been suspect this season.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Hughton wants to say he WILL be looking for new players in the January window to perhaps shake up the lazy players who just go through the motions.

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    goldie

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • What's his theory then - it would be detrimental to our impressive run of humiliating defeats to introduce new players who could make a difference - anyway I hope the board will have got rid of him before January and trust a new manager to get some players in.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • new players or new coaches now there's the question.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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