Spending Money Like A Drunk Stock Broker: The Norwich Fans’ Guide To The Transfer Window

Paul Lambert is spending money and I'm drunk on success, supporting Norwich City this summer has been a mad but exhilarating experience.
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Paul Lambert is spending money and I'm drunk on success, supporting Norwich City this summer has been a mad but exhilarating experience.

It’s the silly season in football – do you love it or hate it?

I’m a season ticket holder and always have been and always will be, but I can’t say I like the sport. I guess I love Norwich doing well, but the rest of the time I find it a little unnerving. For most of my life it’s like I’m playing the stock market, and my broker is a wild drunk.

This summer what are you hoping to read every time you check your club news each morning?

The first few weeks were mad, which made for great reading. Paul Lambert just went for it, with rumours and signings left, right and centre. It was like he wanted to completely assemble his new side before he grabbed a couple of weeks in the sun. Not the Norwich way at all. What would I like to read? Well I can’t really hope for more than is currently occurring, but it would be nice to get some experience in there, slap bang in the middle of the park. I think Lambert is assembling a young, (hopefully) talented Premiership team which, should it get relegated, is going to bounce back up without too many omissions. I think the aspiration ‘to yo-yo’ is not a bad thing. There are many teams that just sit in that no man’s land between the two divisions for a while, before eventually clawing further up the Premiership pole.

What do you inevitably end up reading instead?

Well, sadly the summer kicked off with a Twitter storm as some pathetic creature decided to call James Vaughan the ‘n word’ on the day he signed. The club acted swiftly and banned the fan in question from the ground, but this pervaded the message boards for some weeks. What a louse.

Got much cash in the kitty?

Not a king’s ransom, but Chief Exec David McNally has gone on record as saying that our promotion money is there for spending (minus paying a slither off our debt).

All well and good, but I think we need a ‘been there, done it’ man. Or men. But in Lambert We Trust.

Hulking midfielder? Tricky winger? Big, brutal defender? What types of players would you like to sign this summer?

Lambert has brought in James Vaughan from Everton – overpriced at £2.3m? – so hopefully he’s up to it. Steve Morison from Millwall who will have to step up better than he did against England for Wales, but was a great player in the Championship. Wingers Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield and Elliot Bennett from Brighton who I think could be exciting prospects. Leeds’ Bradley Johnson came in on a free, who is a committed, passionate midfielder. There’s also been the loan signings of Man Utd’s Ritchie De Laet who has been playing for Pompey and Kyle Naughton from Spurs. All well and good, but I think we need a ‘been there, done it’ man. Or men. But in Lambert We Trust.

What types of player will you end up signing instead? An U21 Moldovan left back instead of a Spanish international forward perhaps?

I think Lambert has a good idea of what he wants, and I’d be much more worried if bigger names (and bigger salaries) were being banded about. No Moldovans as yet. I’m happy to let him do it his way. Blackpool almost survived the drop by spending very little and I think we might be a little stronger than them, plus QPR and Swansea have yet to open the wallet yet. A Norwich fan posted on the When Saturday Comes site that he’s worried about Lambert’s spending, but I’m not sure that he’s typical of most City fans. You go to a message board and you will find paranoia.

Who wants to leave the club and what’s your attitude towards them?

I’d be surprised if anyone wants to leave right now, but we will have to edit the squad a little to get it down to 25.

Who has been the biggest tosser of this transfer window?

Can’t think of any. Craig Mickail-Smith for choosing Brighton over us?

Reckon you’ll be stronger or weaker next season?

Stronger (than we were in the Championship), yet weaker (than many in the Prem) I guess. I think if we get relegated we’re a good shout for coming straight back up. It’s all about Lambert now. If he performs at this level then he could be off. If he fails, then we all go down.

Any other news?

I desperately hope we stay up just so we can increase the capacity of the ground. It’s very difficult for the casual fan as most games have been sell-outs for quite some time, and I think we need a 30+ ground. It’s currently just over 27,000. So, we need this season to work (fourth from bottom will suit us just fine) to move the whole club along a bit.

What has been the best ever bit of business your club did in the transfer window?

We finally secured the services of a decent kit manufacturer.

And the worst?

The kit manufacturer wasn’t that much better than the previous mob. Alright. But still…

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