The window’s shut, Neil is staying - so time for City fans to unite in positivity
PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 02 February 2017
So was it a positive transfer window for Norwich? Some City fans will say yes, others will certainly say no. I did a quick straw poll on Twitter and the result was pretty much split.
Two players in, four out and about £13m netted for the Canaries’ coffers.
I’m not running around the streets of Norwich singing “E-i-e-i-e-i-o...” after the window slammed shut,
However. on balance I feel more upbeat than I had expected as we now forget about the business of buying and selling players and concentrate on the business of trying to get back in contention to battle into the top six.
Starting with the ins and there are certainly reasons to be optimistic about the arrival of Mitchell Dijks and Yanic Wildschut.
It appears Dijks decided against a permanent move to Carrow Road as he didn’t want the prospect of second tier football next season.
Selfish? Possibly. Understandable? Probably.
What is certain though is that we have a very decent full back on loan until the end of the season (one question I have is that will that include the play offs if it comes to it?)
Anyone who comes through Ajax’s famed academy system must have something about him and he was linked with a move to Premier League champions Leicester last term.
He speaks about being up for the challenge of a promotion push and being humgry.
Talk is cheap but if the big words can be matched by the giant man, then we could have a gem.
Wildschut scored twice against Ipswich just six weeks ago and if he can repeat that when the Tractor Boys head to NR1 later this month, then supporters will think the £7m has been well spent.
He didn’t chose his price tag but it makes him one of the costliest arrivals in City’s history so there will obviously be pressure on his shoulders to perform.
Alex Neil said he can cause “absolute havoc” on his day.
The lad seems to be quick and direct and we have to hope he can hit the ground running.
There’s no doubt that we have lost some real quality with the departures of Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson.
In glimpses during their time with us, we saw what they both can do.
As time went on their heads were turned by the prospect of instant top flight football and the harsh reality of where Norwich are is that the board was going to cash in.
Many supporters will continue to debate the long term ambition of the club and ask where the money has all gone - especially with the parachute payments which have come in after relegation.
Questions also remain about what happened to Sergi “£24,000 a minute on the pitch” Canos, who looked such a good prospect, and also the faith in young players as Carlton Morris has been shipped out to Rotherham, when we hardly have a flood of strikers at the club.
Twitter and the fans’ forums will buzz for several more days with vastly contrasting views.
The fact is, what we have is what we have for the rest of the campaign.
What also seems virtually certain is that Neil will remain manager at the club whatever happens between now and May.
The top brass have stuck with him through some pretty dark days of autumn and winter and there’s no sign of that loyalty changing.
I’ve made it very clear in this column that I thought there should have been a change,
That didn’t happen and I think it’s now time to end that debate, unite behind Neil and the players and give it a good crack at challenging for promotion.
The win over a decent Birmingham side had lots of positives.
Cameron Jerome put in an excellent shift and took his goal beautifully.
Steven Naismith needs to buy some more scoring boots, but I felt linked up well with CJ and worked tirelessly.
A clean sheet (albeit following some close scrapes) is nothing to be sniffed at.
We have to hope everyone has recovered from the sickness bug which swept through the club last week. And the travel sickness which has prevented a win on the road since October, simply has to be cured.
Timm is getting Kloser to being a City legend
He hasn’t always been at his best for Norwich City this season.
But there’s no doubt that Timm Klose is becoming more and more popular with City fans.
His social media posts continue to be very amusing, we love the fact that he adores Norfolk, he’s been supporting local charities - and there’s nothing like seeing a player really celebrate a goal.
I don’t think I’ve seen a scorer headbutt a corner flag before and the defender certainly likes to break new ground with his tricks.
It could go alongside seeing Jamie Cureton with yellow and green hair and Grant Holt’s “head back and laughing” routine as a real iconic moment for fans.
We haven’t seen anywhere near enough goals from our defenders, so to see Klose finding the net was terrific - and to watch him enjoy it so much was icing on the cake.
Imps prove you can balance a promotion charge and FA Cup run
Since my elder daughter settled in Lincoln and I first enjoyed a fantastic game at Sincil Bank, I’ve adopted the Imps as my third team behind the Norwich Canaries and the Dereham Magpies.
What a week it’s been for the boys in red and white.
Almost 10,000 fans packed into the ground for the amazing FA Cup triumph over Brighton, which set up a fifth round trip to Burnley.
Just three days later the team moved four points clear at the top of the National League with a 1-0 win at Solihull.
We’ve heard so much this week about clubs fielding weakened sides in the cup in favour of prioritising the league.
Well Lincoln proved you can do both - and I would bet any money that those players were desperate to keep going and had no thoughts of being rested.
Oh, and remember that plenty of non-league lads also hold down a job outside football too. The big timers can learn a lot from them.