What do City need to do before the end of transfer window?
PUBLISHED: 13:45 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:45 07 August 2018
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Norwich City have until 5pm on Thursday to get any permanent business done although, like all English clubs, the Canaries have until the end of the month to sort any loan deals in or out of Carrow Road.
City are pleased with what they have done so far this summer but sporting director Stuart Webber knows he still has a number of issues to deal with.
The reality is that many of these don’t have to be dealt with before Thursday. However, could there still be one final flourish this window?
We look at some of the concerns the Canaries chief might be thinking about tackling...
What to do with Oliveira?
The silence has been deafening around Norwich City’s mercurial Portuguese striker. Rewind 12 months and the Canaries were reportedly fending off interest from then Premier League Swansea City and a £12m bid.
The intervening months has seen his stock take a significant downturn.
The man who was supposed to fire City back to the Premier League scored just nine goals for club and country last season amid rumours of a rift with head coach Daniel Farke… most of which stemmed from THAT celebration after his late equaliser against Fulham on the opening day.
Sporting director Stuart Webber admitted recently that “it would be best for all if his future lies elsewhere” but, with two years left on his contract, that could be easier said than done.
He hasn’t had a single minute of action in pre-season and it would be seen by many as a waste of everyone’s time and money if he remained at Carrow Road beyond Thursday or, failing that, August 31.
Remi Matthews – where next?
A few pre-season friendlies convinced head coach Daniel Farke that the 24-year-old, who was so impressive for Plymouth Argyle on loan last season, isn’t quite ready to be his number one.
Tim Krul was brought in and it’s clear Matthews’ development is not going to be helped by sitting on the bench as the Dutchman’s understudy all season.
There is still some learning to be done, if the Gorleston man is ever going to fulfil his dream of becoming Norwich City’s first choice goalkeeper in the future.
That means another loan move is on the cards. Plymouth recently signed Matt Macey on loan from Arsenal so that door looks to be closed and in any case Norwich are keen for Matthews to experience a higher level of football to what he tasted last season.
It remains to be seen where though…
Are more permanent deals?
Seven new senior signings have been brought in over the summer and the squad is now certainly built in the Webber/Farke image. That doesn’t mean they won’t be alive to more potential signings with a winger understood to be on their wanted list. City had been interested in Liverpool duo Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn but they plumped for Derby and Sheffield United respectively. They could look at another Premier League loan, which they have until the end of the month to conclude, although big things are expected of Emi Buendia when he attains full fitness and it looks likely that he and Hernandez will be City’s main wing options.
Russell Martin – where next?
Head coach Daniel Farke has cut on the cord on Russell Martin and Norwich City. The German appreciates what the former skipper has done for the Canaries but feels it is time for both parties to go their separate ways. Martin has 12 months left on a contract handed to him by Webber upon his arrival from Huddersfield. It seems likely he will spend the rest of his time as a Norwich player with another club with another loan move likely.
Full-back feast or famine?
Four into one doesn’t go for Norwich City - certainly on the right of their defence.
With Ben Marshall, Felix Passlack, Ivo Pinto and Max Aarons all options, it would be something of a surprise if all remained at Carrow Road.
Marshall and Passlack will obviously stay, given they only arrived in the summer, which could mean either Pinto or Aarons move on. Pinto, who lost the captaincy to Grant Hanley this summer, was recently linked with Dusseldorf although a hamstring injury has restricted his involvement in pre-season. Aarons meanwhile has been called up from the development squad but a decision must be made whether he would be better getting game time elsewhere if he is only going to be a squad option for Farke.
Marco Stiepermann’s knee injury suffered at Birmingham may also force City’s hand. The 27-year-old is seen as an option at left back by Farke and was required last season with James Husband out of form and Jamal Lewis still learning his trade. If it’s a long term issue then City may look at the left back market again.