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Dean Ashton: Norwich City - A Second Chance

A Norwich Story
Started on 16 August 2013 by Arvind
Latest Reply on 1 September 2013 by IamonlyoneGuy
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I don't know any of those players but if you think they're good they should be.

From Italy to South America

Norwich continue spending spree

Norwich have further added to their squad - raiding the South American market this time around - as Dean Ashton and Norwich aim to break into the top half of the table this season.

And for the second time in just three months, Norwich have smashed their transfer record, this time for Porto destroyer Fernando.

The 24-year-old was the vice-captain of the Portuguese side until new manager Paulo Fonseca decided that the Brazilian was not required. While Porto fans are disappointed with the sale of Fernando, back in England many eyebrows have been raised by Norwich spending a whopping £9.75m on a defensive midfielder. With such a hefty price tag, he will surely be under pressure to prove his critics wrong.

City's second big money signing comes in the form of Udinese's Roberto Pereyra who cost the Canaries £6.5m. The Argie hotshot arrived from River Plate two years ago, and after 48 appearances for the Zebrette, he has moved on to Norwich, and his pace and dribbling skills are sure to excite the Canaries fans.

In addition, left sided duo Jean Beausejour and Juan Sanchez Mino have been brought in from Wigan and Boca Juniors respectively for a combined £7m.

But Norwich's spending will still not end according to sources, with a fee being agreed with Wigan for midfielder James McCarthy, although it is a doubt the move will go through since the Irishman is currently sidelined with an injury.
Some terrific signings! Fernando and Bellusci especially! I don't know much about Sau and Bonaventura on FM but I've seen them a few times in real life so if SI have done their homework, you have some very good signings indeed :)
Great signings :P
Wow loads of signings. Mino is my fav left back on game, will be amazing for you.
@Paddy: Cheers mate :D I'm currently aiming for the top half and I feel that I've got very good deals for the players I've shown the door to, so it's up to the new guys to add a little quality. We'll see how it goes, I guess.

@Wellsy: Thanks.

@Merv: A lot of signings indeed, and a few more still to come. I want to have the best chance of finishing in the top half and sometimes injuries can wreck a team's season so I want to make sure I have two players in each position.
A great start Arvindo!! Keep them signings coming, some of them so far have been superb! Bellusci and Fernando will be immense for you! Also Perreyra looks good! Beausajour im unsure about, but he could be decent! Keep this up and you could be an SOTM contender for sure!
Revive this or we riot!!!
Great stuff Arvind, like always. Great signings, but I'm skeptical about Beasejour
Great signings, but don't sign too many or you'll kill morale.


West Brom manager Steve Clarke has hit out at his Sunderland and Norwich counterparts Paolo di Canio and Dean Ashton respectively for their signings in the transfer market.

Hot-headed Italian di Canio took charge of a relegation-threatened Sunderland last season, and after somewhat of a revival towards the end, he has asked the board at the Stadium of Light to sanction a complete overhaul of the playing staff. Till date, the Mackems' squad has 10 new faces - most notably Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini from Serie A champions Juventus. But with over a month to go till the end of the transfer window, there is still time for more purchases.

Meanwhile, at Carrow Road, former Norwich player Dean Ashton has marked his return to the club by adding eight players to a side that finished 11th in the league last year under cancer-stricken boss Chris Hughton. And they are set to sign their 9th, with Croatian striker Eduardo set to complete a season long loan deal from Shakhtar this week.

The East Anglian club have shattered their transfer record TWICE this summer, first on Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £8.5m - a purchase of Hughton - and again on Porto midfielder Fernando, who cost the club an eye watering £9.75m.

Clarke, who's West Brom team plays their first friendly tomorrow, said - "Every manager wants to be able to strengthen his squad during the off-season and that's perfectly fine, but what Ashton and di Canio have done is ridiculous."

"Aside from three or four players, they have changed their entire first eleven. And when you do that, it isn't a team anymore - it's just a squad. When you play in a league as unforgiving as the Premier League, there is no time for the players to gel. When you're a new manager, you should have an evolution, not a revolution."

Clarke also warned of the financial repercussions to making wholesale changes.

"Financially it could ruin the club if the new guys don't perform. Sunderland and Norwich both have good chances at going down this season and if they do they are pretty much done for after spending so much. And even if they don't, eventually a new manager will come in and it'll be a vicious cycle."

di Canio has wasted no time in responding to the Scot's comments, telling the West Brom manager to "mind his own business".

This will surely heat up the relationship between the three managers, and only time will tell if Steve Clarke is right or wrong.
Finally, an update :P
I remember the days of Deano, was at the Norwich home game against Man Utd when we won 2-0, was epic!
Just seen this. I'm really liking it at the moment (and not just because it's Norwich ;) ). You've made some good signings plus letting Snodgrass go for £11 million is great (I'd do that in real life given the offer). One tip with the update is to look at the Murphy twins plus Cameron McGeehan and Carlton Morris who were boosted to 5 stars (at least on my game).

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