The unlucky seven: John Ruddy will be missed by Norwich City but Sebastien Bassong can get someone else relegated

Youssouf Mulumbu was one of seven players released by Norwich City on Tuesday. Picture: Paul Chester

Youssouf Mulumbu was one of seven players released by Norwich City on Tuesday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City columnists Lee Payne and Matt Howman give their opinion on Norwich City's decision to release seven senior players on Tuesday afternoon.

Lee Payne

Stuart Webber is making his presence felt.

Whether or not it's entirely fair, these seven players about to leave the club have come to symbolise the misplaced loyalty and odd decision making that Norwich City have been guilty of in the last few years.

Many will have forgotten that Michael Turner was even on the books.

Youssouf Mulumbu arrived with Premier League experience but ended up being best known as Dieumerci Mbokani's translator.

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Sebastien Bassong, Steven Whittaker and Ryan Bennett have made many appearances for the club but should have been moved on before now.

Kyle Lafferty was never really given much of a run in the team, although he didn't really demonstrate why he deserved one.

John Ruddy is definitely the one I will miss the most, and I will be sure to make it known how much I appreciate the keeper's seven years of service after Sunday's game.

Matt Howman

If there was anyone affiliated with Norwich City that wasn't aware of recently-appointed sporting director Stuart Webber, they will be now.

The decision to let the likes of Turner, Mulumbu and Lafferty go have likely been in the pipeline for some time but a couple of shocks have emerged from the announcement this morning - Ryan Bennett and John Ruddy.

Seven years into his stint at Carrow Road and well on his way to becoming a club legend, Ruddy had stuck by the club through thick and thin.

We'll likely never know how close he came to a move during his tenure however he always held firm that he wouldn't leave unless the club wanted him to.

Whether it was something behind the scenes or Webber throwing down his mark on how he wants the club to move forward, it will become clearer in the summer but one thing's for sure, Bassong can go get his seventh club relegation elsewhere...