Poll: Which position do Norwich City need to strengthen most before the transfer window slams shut?

Will Norwich City manager Chris Hughton strengthen his squad further before the end of the transfer window? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Will Norwich City manager Chris Hughton strengthen his squad further before the end of the transfer window? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, January 30, 2014
3:30 PM

The rumour, speculation and drama of the January transfer window comes to an end at 11pm tomorrow night, but do you think Norwich City have done enough business this month?

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With the loan signing of former Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo due to be confirmed soon, it looks like Chris Hughton may have found the central defensive cover for Sebastien Bassong and Ryan Bennett that he was looking for.

Do you think Yobo will be enough though, with Michael Turner out for “a number of weeks” with a hamstring injury and Dani Ayala being sold to Middlesbrough? Or is another centre-back needed?

Perhaps central midfield should be the priority? Bradley Johnson is facing the prospect of a three-match ban following his red card in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday night, with City waiting for an appeal decision.

Jonny Howson is also still struggling with a back injury, Wes Hoolahan is trying to force a transfer away from the club and Alexander Tettey has only just returned from a long-term injury.

Chris Hughton has this afternoon confirmed that will mean David Fox is likely to be included in his squad for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City, so should central midfield be the priority for Hughton and chief executive David McNally?

The wide areas look well stocked, with Anthony Pilkington returning to fitness, Jonas Gutierrez joining on loan from Newcastle earlier in the month and Robert Snodgrass, Nathan Redmond and Josh Murphy all competing for a starting spot.

But what about up front?

City have scored just 18 goals in 23 Premier League games, with only Cardiff (17) and Crystal Palace (15) having scored less.

Gary Hooper has scored five and looked capable of scoring plenty more but Ricky van Wolfswinkel has scored just once, Johan Elmander has only scored two against League Two side Bury in the Capital One Cup and Luciano Becchio has barely had a chance to score his first of the season, making just six substitute appearances.

So do City need to get in another striker to boost their chances of keeping clear of the relegation scrap?

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32 comments

  • EDP. You left one position off that list... Manager..

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    canuk

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • …..Hey you lot of doubters!.....apparently we already have some good players registered with this club....they are worth a lot of money.....but there is a problem!....I ask each of you whether you have had to work for a man who you really hated...It's not nice!....thank goodness we don't have players at this club with that attitude....do we?,,,do we?....No of course we don't! Our genial manager spends much time at the training ground, I am told, more than most other managers, giving them individual tuition....that's quite clear to see on match days when they play as individuals....Anyone who has a point to make about his tactics is immediately put on his 'get rid of list'...not many more to go now.! If we had a different man at the helm I would not be surprised to see injured players suddenly spring back to fitness, and look interested in earning their wages!... Rather than do the shopping with their other boss! ….Begone sore toes, and pulled hamstrings, poorly knees, and bad backs, and all the other excuses that prevent them from taking part!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Manager, assistant manager, first team coach and the European scout. Also we need a tricky 'no. 10' who can stretch the opposition in their own half. Oh, and a big striker with an eye for goal who actually works the opposition centre halfs and is a leader. What we don't need is 33year old past it centre half to replace the promisingly improving Ryan Bennett.

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    North folk

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Creative midfielder...someone to get the mid field attacking with speed and incision.

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    pablo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • So as far as Burglecut, Victor and Waclor reckon we need a total of eight managers for eleven workers, styling our team on the NHS?

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    Gruff

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What we need is a left footed tall centre back (that means a minimum of 6ft 3ins tall) and a decent target man, we already have three poacher style strikers and do not need tey another who gets zero service.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Not going to make any permanent signings guys. Highly unlikely anyway. To sign someone any smart club wants to include 50% wage reduction clauses in there deals should we go down. That scares most players off as in there eyes its not there fault the clubs in danger of going down. Then you have the issue of why isnt that player in his current teams squad? Is he worth the outlay. Best bet is finding a player out of a starting xi for personal reasons like a fall out with the manager. We've made two loan signings who in general I personally am happy with, but long term there totally based around not crippling us should the worst happen and we go down.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Surely we need another keeper??

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Six choices , surely we need a seventh too ........ Manager !!

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Simple the manager

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    Victor meldrew

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Burgle cut that's all very well but then where would the baby Jesus sleep

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    Canary on the moon

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What's wrong with our manager? Three word replies please!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This is too easy...............THE MANGER

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I am an expat living in Malaysia, with an 8hr time difference. Getting up early morning or staying up late into the night to watch Norwich, is my penance for working way out here. For all the plaudits, read battling or workmanlike, Norwich received for there performance, the stats in todays do not lie i.e. Norwich goal difference -17 & Newcastle +4. Norwich were lucky not to go in at half time 4-0 down to what can only be described as, either extremely shoddy defending, and a science of any midfield backbone, or more like players who are not sufficiently organised at the back to defend a fast flowing move. Honestly, when you analyse the times Newcastle & recently Hull had penetrated our defence, it really is comic cuts, and this has not changed since the season kicked off. Yes we were better when it came to possession stats, at least against Hull, but what did we do with it? When was the last time we saw a clear cut decisive opening of the oppositions defence? With no creative midfielders in the current line up, we will never score a sufficient number of goals to counter our poor defending. We cannot defend without going into panic mode, a midfield that retreats to the 18 yard box at the first sign of a half decent attack. I am not an advocate of the Chris Hughton out brigade, and right behind the canaries, boring footy or not, but I fear for our survival. The chances of overcoming any decent team in this league are very slim. If any Norwich midfielder or defender is reading this, absord the content, and have a look in critical detail at the Newcastle & Hull games. Apart from honest endeavour it does not make pretty viewing for our defending, nor our creativity. We have two potential creative match winners doing nothing, no prizes for naming Wes and Foxy, but I despair at there lack of opportunities. Am I a fatalist? No, just a realist. C'mon you Yellows, but alas I feel it is too little to late, even at this stage of the season. Another thing, we have become one of the most boring teams in the league to watch :( Thank you for listening, and damn those statistics. Best Regards The Border Riever

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    The Border Riever

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Andrie Arshavin from St Petersberg, likes to be "Big Fish" in small pond, never fitted in at Arsenal, but would be Super Star at Norwich

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • What we need most is someone to get the best from the current group of players and show some tactical know how.

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    Canary old timer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Be interesting to stick these guys on Tesco wages, nothing like the minimum wage to motivate a team..

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    Gruff

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Manager, assistant manager, first team coach and the European scout. Also we need a tricky 'no. 10' who can stretch the opposition in their own half. Oh, and a big striker with an eye for goal who actually works the opposition centre halfs and is a leader. What we don't need is 33year old past it centre half to replace the promisingly improving Ryan Bennett.

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    North folk

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • 1. Manager 2. Assistant Manager 3. First Team Coach

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Pa Snipps the answer is "He's a ______" Fill in the blank yourself. The good news is that McNally is not letting him spend any money so he can keep it for the new manager to spend next July.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Public sector`s much the better. Nobody expects you to do anything.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • 11 players would be nice ,as the lot who started tuesday simply are not playing well enough ,for whatever reason!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Hi Brew good to see you are back posting regularly. There was a rumour that you had a bad case of Wolfswinkle Digit Syndrome. If you have found a cure you know who to pass it onto.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Straight forward. Replace the manager and coaches.

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    NorCas

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Not voting on that. We have good players underperforming under an anodyne, negative, time-serving régime of mediocrity.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • CotM that is priceless :-)))

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Hey everybody, I've got a really good joke. I know the poll is about which playing positions need strengthening but you could just say replace the manager. A bit crazy and naughty but no point missing any opportunity to criticise the man who has so far guided us to 12th place eh

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    Canary on the moon

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Gruff of course our plans would necessitate appropriate reallocation of working duties. The existing manager would be redeployed at "Employee Sanitary Facilities Cleaning Standards Manager", the Assistant Manager would become the "Assistant ESFCS Manager" and the First Team Coach would become the "First Team Coach Driver". Simples.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Burglecut was right the first time. Get rid of the MANGER, then the players and the 3 dim men will have to take their snouts out of the trough and concentrate on football.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I could eat that manger joke for breakfast, COTM. What we need is Three Wise Men. So, to make space for that, Hughton, Calderwood and Trollope depart. Hi, waclor. Bon accorde.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Yobo would be enough in defence. Cover for Tetty is a must. A pacey striker as we don't have one. Third would be a replacement for wes

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    James Dougall

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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