Norwich City boss Chris Hughton will not be forced into panic buys

Newcastle United's Steven Taylor is one of the centre backs linked with Norwich City. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. Newcastle United's Steven Taylor is one of the centre backs linked with Norwich City. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:07 AM

Chris Hughton insists Norwich City will cope if they fail to bolster their central defence in the closing days of the January transfer window.

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The Canaries’ chief on Monday dismissed reports of a bid for Blackburn’s Scott Dann but would not be drawn on links to Lazio’s Michael Ciani and Newcastle’s Steven Taylor, ahead of facing Taylor’s Magpies tonight in the Premier League. Hughton’s decision to sanction Dani Ayala’s permanent move to Middlesbrough, allied to Michael Turner’s on-going hamstring injury, leaves him with only two fit senior central defenders in Seb Bassong and Ryan Bennett.

“I wouldn’t say a centre back is a priority. We have options with Russell Martin who can play in that position but we are looking,” said Hughton. “Do I see a lot of players coming in before Friday? No, I don’t, but we would certainly like to add. We are trying to make ourselves as active as possible. There will always be names that are bandied around. The majority I can assure you have no substance. Some will be because of agents asking questions or putting names to us. I want to deal in fact and we have not made a bid for Scott Dann.

“Steven Taylor is one I can understand being linked with because of my previous connections to the player, but regarding him (Ciani), again, that would be part of the rumour mill. Of course we make phone calls and enquiries to see if players are available and amongst all that there is speculation.”

15 comments

  • Sounds like we're being prepared for some 'non business' in the transfer market. Over 300 tranfers\loans done already. Everyone, including our management, agree that we could do with reinforcements (sorry, a helping hand to the current players) but it would seem that we haven't got our 'gunners' in to gear. Here's hoping. I can't get no sleep.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • ultimately I still feel the same as Pre-season. Fully fit we have a really good squad, in fact possibly the best we've ever had in our history given the money spent and talent brought in. However my concerns are the same as they always have been. Do we have the manager who can get the best out of them and use them effectively. If we had a fully fit squad the only additiona i'd be urgently searching for is a genuine traditional target man. Not a Grant Holt or Elmander. Im talking about a real target man. Its not how I personally would want to play, but its a proven fact that using a real target man in a Hughton system (like at Newcastle and Birmingham) his tactics can and for the most part depend on one to work. Not easy on the eye but they've achieved results and thats ultimately what I want. I get the feeling though he was more forced towards blowing the money on two extremely good strikers who simply dont fit his system. Just my opinion anyway. If improvements come elsewhere thats fine with me, as long as there better than what we have. If a centre back comes in he MUST be better than Turner, Bennet & Co otherwise its totally pointless other than plugging a short term gap while Turner is out. Hopefully by friday night we have some proven (or just plain an simply raw) quality to give us hope we can come through this.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I swear I just read this in another article. Come on Archant! I was the 23.4 seconds of my life back. As long as we get some quality in ill be happy. I find it extremely scary that no1# Hughton is still in charge beyond this window (which ive accepted now but still scary) & 2# Hughton is still in charge and not managed to strengthen the side while all around us have on mass.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I follow your drift, NICEONE. Yes, a midfielder who attacks and scores would be great. Do they make Lampards any more? Pity he plays for Chelsea! I wonder whether we might have seen more of Howson\Fer in that attacking mould had Jonny not got this back problem. Pilks has had his moments in the past, as has Snods. Reference Becchio, I was just wondering whether there might be a role for him should imaginative substitutions be in the mix. I still have concerns about our CB cover. You know, I might be raised to the heights of ecstasy tonight should we scramble a 1-0 win, even if it is down to an injury time own goal from a halfway line backpass - caused by the bump in the pitch where our hopes of entertainment are buried. Btw, I wonder if Middlesbrough might loan us Dani Ayala!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I must say, NICEONE, I do fret a bit about our lack of CB cover - Turner`s going to be out for a good while yet. One more injury\suspension in that area and we`re down to Russell Martin at CB and Whittaker at RB. Then we`re also down to one RB. Can`t even draft E. Bennett in there `cos he`s still out injured. Not saying Ayala was special, but surely this was the wrong time to release him for what amounts to loose change these days. On the striker front, we have a `spare` one who is never used - Becchio. I`ve done a similar stats exercise to your own and broadly concur. This season, I `predicted` 48 for\57 against. The 57 is looking feasible (if we avoid more maulings from Liverpool & ManC), but we`ll be lucky to pass `30 for` at this rate. So I sort of disagree with you after going thro` similar thought processes but respect your views. Which is all Mattias is asking for, really. Poor ol` M333 seems to be the current target for the `Thought` Police. Stick to your guns, Matt!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Once again we have really left it a bit too late to bring players in, we surely should have had a decent target man lined up as soon as the window opened. Hopefully we will manage to bring in another centre back as cover as we cannot afford to ride our luck on that position, sitting with only two fit players. I fear we will now have to sit and hope that RVW and Hooper come good as a partnership, meanwhile we need to be trying options to discover a supplier of forward passes, perhaps we should try Pilkington in the hole behind a front two where he could also double as a deep target man, food for thought.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Terrific post there, willb. Do you think the Financial Fair Play rules, or whatever, `will be` worth the tissue paper they`re written on? I suspect that you, as I, doubt it very much. Money is power; loadsa money, Abramovich style, is total power. "The undesirables have ruined our game". Spot on. Along with a lot of other facets of civilised life Que sera, sera, whatever will be willb. Sadly. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Careful niceone. If you attempt to think about the problems and set out a very well thoughtout statement (like you have) you will either get ridiculed by those that disagree and are unable to debate....or those who disagree will realise your very much correct and find some other way to have a go at you. Id rather us go as we are if we are not able to bring in people better than what we have which is very hard in the January window. Fingers crossed.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Do agree Wilb. Ive said it many times that Hooper & RVW simply dont get the service they require. They are plain and simple predators. Foxes in the box. This season they've been asked to effectively play as Target men though, fighting for long balls against 6ft2+ centre backs. They not doing a bad job really, but there never going to score huge amounts of goals within the system they are now. We just dont create enough to enable that. I dont think any player could hold there hand up and say they've been at there very best this season. 1 or 2 players out of form you can deal with but for large parts of this season we've had a insane amount of players off form or injured. Would really like to see what we achieve (or dont achieve) with a fully fit, on form squad, with potentially one or two more quality players. Is it the manager, is it the players, is it the fans? Likely a combo of the lot but in this game the blame always falls at the manager. Hopefully 3 points tonight and other results going our way will help us build some momentum.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • History proves that clubs who have just bought in anyone in panic to fill the transfer and salary bill have constantly failed. There are plenty of players for sale, mainly because they are not good enough for the EPL. Mattias333, are all these players you quote, amongst those who are not good enough for their past clubs ? Are you able to see into the future with your forecast for the future of these and other players ? Both van Wolfswinkle and Hooper scored goals at the top level. Perhaps they got a much quicker and accurate service with their previous clubs than they are getting here ?! As you later say, the squad is probably the best we have ever had. It`s about time some of these performed at the level they are being paid. Yes and we have had a lot of injuries for a small squad. Money is the master of the EPL unfortunately, this has had a very nasty effect on football. The undesirables have ruined our game.

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    willb

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • After the Hull game I did a statistical analysis of NCFC form over the last three seasons and this at the moment indicates that our defensive performance is about the same across the 3 seasons (goals per game against) whereas our goal scoring is at an all time low (goals per game for). Now I know that this is not an outstanding revelation but it does indicate that we are only likely to score another 10 goals this season if there is no improvement in this part of our game. I would, therefore, suggest that in respect of signings to get fixated on central defenders is nothing more than a distraction that we do not need currently. Our greatest need at the moment is for another goal scoring player. Now the difficult bit, he would have to have a goal scoring guarantee from day one if he is to help our current plight. Fraught with difficulty or what?? With this in mind I wouldn't blame CH if he didn't bring anybody else in this window.

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    NICEONE

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • At least Cabaye's out tonight - not that you'd know it from the EDP, he he. I think he must bring in a CB if he can. And, just like Wes, we're stuck with Hughton, like it or lump it.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I agree panic buying is fraught with failure, and that our two main strikers are 'probably really very good indeed', but who is supplying the through balls for them to feed on? Who is doing the runs up front to pull defenders out of position to give our intrepid duo the space to slot them away. Tell me that CH !

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Mad Brewer....Bechio may or may not be a good striker but at the moment he represents a distraction as we have only started to play 2 up front in the last 2 games and they need to settle in as a front two. Introducing Bechio would mean replacing one of these 2 in the same system which arguably would set us back at least 2 games as the new duo get used to playing together. There is also the possibility that they may not work together. I wasn't arguing for another striker more a forceful attacking midfielder ala Frank Lampard or Steve Gerrard. Thereby hangs the problem as there aren't too many of these available. The CB issue is one where ideally the right someone would come in as cover but my fear is that if CH brought someone in he would then embark on trying to find his best pairing at CB to the total exclusion of the area that we agree needs the most attention. We have some important games for our season coming up and I feel this is no time for experimentation far better to play the way we are facing and improve the weak areas of the team. I just don't see that this is a personnel issue more one of team play to improve our goal scoring rate.

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    NICEONE

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I can't get excited about new signings (or lack of). We did our spending in the summer and have quality enough already for a mid-table finish (where we are now). Teams like Cardiff are short on quality, that's why they seem more active. Can we survive? Last 10 seasons suggest 37 points is usually enough. That's 4 x 1-0 wins, 2 x 0-0 and 10 x hefty defeats. I am sure CH is up to a brief like that.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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