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