Jack Reeve: Norwich City have got a massive summer ahead of them
PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 01 May 2018
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If there was a script written for Saturday’s game against Leeds United, then the footballing gods certainly allowed us to follow it.
Arriving at Carrow Road I was overwhelmed with a mixture of emotions – I wasn’t sure how to feel.
Wes Hoolahan has been the constant in my Norwich City supporting lifetime, he arrived just as I was starting to go to Carrow Road regularly and has followed me through the journey of growing up.
He’s seen us promoted and relegated, he’s been through a whole array of managers, he’s given the fans so much to smile about.
I know a lot have already said it but Wes was unique, his 10 years weren’t defined by the number of goals he scored or the games he individually won, it was the way he moved around the pitch and made you feel while doing it.
The connection he had with fans was something special, I’m sure that we’ll have another player who scores more goals or has as much impact as Wes, but I can’t see a player ever going about business in the same way that Wes did, he was magical.
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On a broader note it was lovely to see us come from behind at home.
After the first 44 minutes I was fearful that the outcome would be the same as we’ve seen so often at Carrow Road this season – a dull defeat. However, that rather fortunate Wessi goal seemed to give us the energy we’ve so desperately lacked – I just wish we’d found it earlier in the season.
Everyone on the pitch seemed to take things up a notch, Josh Murphy went from a player incapable of even trying to take on his man to a world beater while Nelson Oliveria seemed to switch from second gear to fifth.
It really was the perfect send off for the great man, however attention now has to turn to next season, who really cares about Sheffield Wednesday away?
We all know that this season was a transitional one and I think that on the whole fans accepted that, however everyone wants to see improvement next season – how do we make sure that happens?
What we must make sure of is the turnover in players isn’t as severe as last summer and watching the game at the weekend, it’s likely that at least half of the starting XI may not be here next season.
The likelihood of keeping Angus Gunn and James Maddison is slim, but they’re both clever and mature young men well beyond their years, if given genuine belief, they may give it another year at the club.
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Harrison Reed’s future seems entirely dependent on whether Southampton survive in the Premier League, so for the next few weeks I’m becoming a converted Saints fan. Meanwhile hard work has to be put in to keep the likes of Moritz Leitner and Alex Tettey.
My optimism is entirely made up with my yellow tinted glasses on however and the likelihood is we’re going to be losing the few bright sparks of this season which means Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke have a serious task this summer because patience will certainly be less next season.
The recent performances of Mario Vrancic and Onel Hernandez do show that if done right, our European model of recruitment can work wonders.
I will admit I’m worried for next season, maybe I’m just becoming slightly more realistic with everything.
This football club has a massive summer ahead of them, but if we can go into it with the energy and support showed by everyone on Saturday, then we might have a good chance of challenging.
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