Pre-Season Round-up 2020/21
On the back of an impressive season it was finally time for me to get underway in my first pre season with Norwich. After securing survival comfortably the board decided to entrust me with 50M in the budget which I'm happy to report I have invested all of on the first team.
So to start with as you all know our first signing was Herbie Kane who comes from Liverpool for just 975K. Herbie is a 21 year old English defensive midfielder who will sit just in front of our defence providing cover, and creative prowess from deep.
Already being worth 4.3M, I'm sure that in a few years if need be we can make quite a hefty profit on Herbie, but lets see how he does first. Maybe he'll hold onto his first team spot for years to come?
Next we have Jack O'Connell who became my second signing for the club. As stated before I wanted an all British back four forgetting that Jamal Lewis is actually from northern Ireland so low and behold we now have an all British back 4 instead.
Jack comes from newly relegated Sheffield, I decided to take advantage of their drop in leagues to pick up a left footed centre back on the knock down price of around 19 Million pounds which had they remained in the top flight would easily have demanded double that.
Jack fits right into the team to partner Godfrey and I'm hoping they'll both from a solid partnership for years to come.
Our third signing of the window is none other than a goalkeeper as Tim Krul leaves the club for around 4M. He was awful last season keeping only 2 clean sheets all season and so I've decided to bite the bullet and pick up a solid, proven Premier League keeper for the fee of 20M from Burnley. Another English player to fill that core of domestic players I really want to employ in my time at Norwich.
Nick will come in with the challenge of keeping more than 5 clean sheets. The bar really wasn't set too high last season. I honestly believe he'll pay for himself within the first few years.
Last but not least, Niclas Eliasson who helped Brentford earn promotion via the Championship play offs assisting 8 times in 25, sadly scoring 0. I have high hopes for Niclas in our team though, with better options upfront and more opportunities created lets hope he can get himself on the score sheet a few more times than is usual for himself.
We really needed to fill out the left flank as I've decided to move Cantwell into the number 10 role in behind Pukki and Adam Idah. It wasn't a preference to keep a right footed player out on the left wing and so I want to try and get the most out of the promising attacker in a new position.
Overall a very good window I think, I wanted to try and wheel deal a little better but we didn't have the financial flexibility or pulling power to do so which is the reason I instead decided to spend the big bucks and go all out.
A great man once said "Attack wins you games, Defence wins you titles" so although I might not be too happy with our attacking options up front what I do know is there are goals in them. The defence however had to be my main priority and I hope to say at the end of next season that this window was a vital component in fixing the weakness' we had last year.
This is now what our first 11 looks like, and I'm really excited to get to our first game in the league where we will play Manchester City at the Etihad. Not an easy start but I relish the opportunity to play the best. First though we have a tough pre season ahead which we've already started and are doing well in, and a game against the MLS all stars which was a pleasant surprise to me as I've never participated in this before.
See you all for the opening game of the season!