Norwich City have a potent attacking force - but still need another quality striker
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Four goals scored and there could have been several more.
City's attacking force looked rampant. Virtually all of our Championship rivals will be green with envy at the green and yellow creative talent.
Wes, Naismith (fingers crossed he stays), Jerome and Jacob Murphy caught the eye in the season's opener on Saturday.
Throw in Brady (once fit and assuming he stays), Jarvis (ditto), Pritchard, Josh Murphy, Canos, Maddison, Morris and Lafferty (if only he can do what we know he's capable of).
That is without doubt a potent unit in the second tier of English football. Yet ask any fan what their priority is before the transfer window slams shut, and I would stick a small wager that the words 'quality striker' would be the universal reply.
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Last week I was certain Ross McCormack was heading in.
While some supporters have criticised the City board for not opening the wallet deeper, I'm happy we didn't sign him.
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A fee of £14million for a striker who is 30 this weekend, has never played in the top flight and only has one international goal in competitive games is a heck of a lot of dosh.
The jaw-dropping sums of money thrown around for Pogba, Stones and Ayew (yes a total of more than £150m) and crazy amounts being suggested for players such as Bolasie, Kone and Williams proves that football has gone mad.
Think about it – you could get 222 Grant Holts for one Pogba.
Yes, you have to dig deep to get decent players.
However, as we know from certain signings in the past, it's not just the size of the cheque that matters.
I want to see evidence of a clear plan to scout the right players to get the Canaries out of this league – and crucially be good enough to stay up. That requires patience and spending big bucks when the time is right.
Klose is the blueprint to follow in my opinion in finding recruits.
He didn't appear to be on many radars and so I assume there was some clever intelligence which brought him to our attention.
He has settled in perfectly and if he had stayed fit we'd be kicking off this weekend in the top flight.
So bold ambition and guile with a dollop of common sense please.
• Were the fixtures done on back of fag packet?
We're assured that the football fixtures are worked out on a computer.
Really? I'm really beginning to wonder.
I know it isn't easy – but surely there should be more logic and consistency?
Norwich play Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City at home within four days in the next week and then there is no league game at Carrow Road for 25 days. What followes is a repeat run of two NR1 fixtures in four days.
October is fairly logical before we have one home match in November.
I could go on with strange anomalies, and I will.
Bristol City, Wigan and Newcastle fans are being forced to travel here on Tuesday evenings, while the yellow and green army will face return midweek journeys to those clubs.
Come on league bosses – consider the supporters.
While plenty of fans will have faced long delays on the M25 during journeys to see the Canaries, it seems that such a hold-up ensured we secured the signing of Alex Pritchard.
I had to laugh at the amusing picture, above, which was tweeted after the revelation from the Brighton CEO. Very clever.