Opinion: Will a new creative midfielder be flying in for Norwich City tonight?

Gary Hooper was the focus of Norwich City's transfer deadline day business last January. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Gary Hooper was the focus of Norwich City's transfer deadline day business last January. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, January 31, 2014
11:00 AM

Will Norwich City be involved in the drama of transfer window deadline day? David Freezer assesses where the Canaries need to strengthen before 11pm tonight.

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Much has changed at Norwich City in a year, or has it?

One year ago today I was sent out on a covert late night mission with our chief photographer Steve Adams, to Norwich Airport.

A certain Gary Hooper was the name on the lips of all City fans, as speculation grew to fever pitch that the Celtic striker was going to sign for the Canaries before the January transfer window deadline.

The rumour online was that a plane was on standby at Glasgow Airport, to fly Hooper to Norfolk if the details could be straightened out. That deal was not done in the dramatic late style of some transfers though and Hooper never arrived – a small private jet did land at Norwich Airport shortly after 11pm however, with only its pilot disembarking.

A year on and, of course, not only an estimated £5.5m deal for Hooper but the £8m marque signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel have been completed.

The floodgates have not been flung open with the steady flow of goals Norwich boss Chris Hughton had been banking on though, so will there be more deadline day drama tonight?

City have scored just 18 goals in 23 Premier League games, with only Cardiff (17) and Crystal Palace (15) having scored less.

Hooper has scored five and looked capable of scoring plenty more but van Wolfswinkel has scored just once, Johan Elmander has only scored twice – against League Two side Bury in the Capital One Cup – and Luciano Becchio has barely had a chance to score his first of the season, making just six substitute appearances.

So do City need to get in another striker to boost their chances of keeping clear of the relegation scrap?

Personally I would rather see another creative midfielder added to give the strikers a better supply, but I won’t be holding my breath.

Neither will I be going anywhere near Norwich Airport again tonight!

34 comments

  • Here's one I've picked up. The relationship between Hughton and Wes is now beyond repair. Hughton wont sell him to Villa or any other Premiership rival.........could Celtic come knocking???

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Hopefully not yet fully connected, Lobbo! (Like NCFC). Crystal Palace look like they`re on the road to recovery; the much-maligned Sony Tulip has never been relegated and he seems to have revived CP in an impressive manner. But Montserrat Caballé has not intoned yet. Here`s one for you; Do you think, on balance, Elliott Bennett would have done a better job than Snodgrass in the Right Wing slot? Answer on the back of a postage stamp with expletives sent separately by parcel post! ;-) I suppose a new creative midfielder might still have some creativity left at the end of the season? Only 15 matches to coach those heretical tendencies out of him. Assuming he gets to play. Otherwise they`ll have to neuter him in training. Or lock him into Colney with only one of the Dementers for company. Say, Bewilderwood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Must be careful here, BillP`s bp, `cos I think Ghana Dom may have created a covert, sinister and tenuous `agenda`. Picture Colin Calderwood on his knee, singing to Delia: "Mammee - how I luv ya, how I luv ya, my dear old mammee... I`d be half of my size, but for all of your pies, my Ma-a-a-meee". I think that was a Singing Postman song, written for him by Roy Orbison and Meatloaf when they did their World Tour of Sheringham. Fact.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Brewer, I'd "walk a million miles for one of your smiles"......but only if Hughton agreed to walk as well.....even if it was only as far as the "state line".

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Sky News ....."Cardiff have completed their sixth January signing". Could be a completely different team on Saturday !

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Barking Wise; multiple attempts at dialogue brutally blocked by the bullies in the bar of the Woolpack. Speak again sometime.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Fluffy, do you mean Al Jolson or Joleon Lescott?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Slovenia, I used to share your opinion on McNally, albeit privately. I don't know why but I had him as a dour miserable Scot. Also on his bad days ie. in most of the Archant photo's he has a small resemblance to that bloke who reads the sport on Sky news (must be the cushiest job in the World). However listening to him on R. Norfolk a couple of weeks back he came across as sort of alright and actually a bit humble. A pity about his death comment but that was probably out of context.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • PS. My favoured medication comes by the pint and is named after Norfolk`s Hero. Another one after guys who catch fish off LowStuff. I expect my original post embracing all aspects of humorous interchange, will never emerge from the Moderators` cutting room.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Thanks, BW. It still has not emerged. Too much to type it again. Anyway, the muse has gone! It did involve my time working in a Care Establishment in Barking, Suffolk. Not far from where Delia dwells. Is she planning ahead?? I don`t want Archant anywhere my Pearls, thankyou. I have only rudimentary IT skills, so `saving` and suchlike are beyond my ken, bless him. I`m a bit like John Mortimer - I feel technology gets between me and what I`m trying to write. Anyway that svvine Archie doesn`t deserve my pearls. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • @ Bill - I meant Joleon Lescott (damn predictive text!) How can the board fail to attract a fresh injection of talent from a mid-table position (overly flattering) when bottom of the table Cardiff can rework half their first team??? I admit Solskjaer may have more carisma (and dare I say it Football-nous) than Hughton, but it's scary to think that certain relegation battle is more attractive than a mid-table push...

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    Fluffythomas

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Can't think of any sensible comments to make re this story.

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    goldie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I'd like to see us get Nemanja Vidic either on loan or short term contract. I believe he's out of contract at the end of the season. As too is Shola Ameobi who'd be a great target man and I think better than Elmander.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • How does Brewer manage to stay so cheerful......and inventive. Could you share your medication with me and maybe give some to the squad at Craggy Island too ? Meanwhile I despair at this absurd merry-go-round transfer nonsense. All this talk about bringing in a creative midfielder when we're staring one in the face.......or we would be if Mr H hadn't pi***d him off so much that he's now thinking of plying his trade in the Black Country. The window closes for players tonight but it's still wide open for managers at 5 pm tomorrow after the Cardiff new boys have run riot. Not that a change of manager will prevent the Titanic from slipping to the bottom of the premier ocean. However, at least we won't have to endure the spectacle of Captain Smith re-arranging the deck chairs to no avail. Don't think morale has been this low since Martin O'Neil was "Chased" away in 1995. Where's that cheerful nurse with her trusty brew of madness tablets when you need her?

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I understand the clamour for a creative midfielder but is that not what Leroy Fer is supposed to do? When he came to us at the start of the season he looked great and he has shown that he is capable of playing a great through ball and creating opportunities. The problem is more the tactics. How many times do Hooper and RVW receive the ball with backs to goal? Granted Hooper is very good at this but no central midfielders are pushing forward into that attacking midfielder space. If you focus on how Fer is playing at the moment, most of his touches are around the half way line, very few times is he being pushed forward into gaps to create something, this is largely left to the wide players. What we need is to either have one of Hooper and RVW drop back into that slot to receive the ball facing forwards or have Fer pushing on into that slot going forward. Then we will create chances. Despite all this Fer is leading our assist count I believe (along with Redmond who for some reason isn't played) so why aren't we getting him on the ball further up the pitch? Even if we did buy another central midfielder (and I question whether or not we can buy better than what we have got) who would we drop from the side?

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    midoriyo

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • What is the point of signings to play upfront. Playing at home, scoreless, take off both strikers. I despair with Houghton.

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    Barry from Spain

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • If we can find a creative midfielder that can fly it would be great. Solves lots of problems!!!

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Canaryinslovenia - yeah thank god eh? Thank god you can't be there to support your team, like a supporter does. Instead you just vent poisonous diatribe from afar, contributing nothing to the club in any way whatsoever.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Dear Mrs Archant, As you wouldn't let Brew come out to play after tea on Friday, could you please let him do so on Saturday morning. It's no fun playing ball on your own. I promise I'll make sure he doesn't misbehave, scuff his shoes or get home late for lunch. Thanks.

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • All of our relegation rivals are either signing players or lately picking up points. Getting more and more concerned.

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    Barry from Spain

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Canaryinslovenia, you really have lost the plot! Your vile diatribes are worse than reading those of Steady On, albeit the precise, polar, opposite in sentiment. Ghana Dom has made a very astute point, by the way, and one with which I wholeheartedly agree.

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    ScotCan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Attempts to continue repartee blocked, BW. Another day, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Wait til Archie goes back to the bar for a refill and then quickly hit the "submit" button again (assuming your "pearls" have been saved). Failing that, check this site tomorrow am. Sometimes, Archie has a change of heart overnight. There really is no method to his madness, so anything could happen, even a multiple post. Don't be be deterred by the duplicate bashers. You can't have too much of a good thing.

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I do what it `says on the tin`, Barking! I used to work in an old folks` care establishment in Barking. The one near Needham Market, not yer Essex. Drove me Mad - I had been a Brewer. The place was nothing like St. Columbs, where Father Jack was sent to cure his hairy hands. The only hope now is the warm and cuddly Nurse Ratchett from "One Flew Over The Cuckoos` Nest", The song could be adapted for RvW, Wessi and Hoots. "One flew East, one flew West, one flew over the Cuckoos` nest". With sleeve notes by Justin Bieber. If I were to meet you, Barking, I`d gladly stand you a pint of my favourite medication! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Darren Eadie made a very perceptive tweet last night pointing out that whilst all around us are signing strikers to improve their goalscoring opportunities, we sign a defender on loan. Eadie also points out that we have the players capable of scoring, but they seem to be stifled by the tactics and setting up of the team. Iwan Roberts tweeted something in a similar vein. Two of our Norwich all time greats going public and saying what many of we lesser mortals have been saying all season. Will McNally and the board take notice?? I doubt it. The reality is that, whoever we sign will be as hamstrung as RVW and Hooper unless there is a change in coaching and tactical thinking.

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Given the talent we're lacking we'd need an Airbus A380 to land at Norwich Airport. Were short of another quality CB, RB, Centre Midfield. Heaven forbid something should happen to Ruddy.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Algarve, you are correct, there is no chance of any sort of creative player or striker being the slightest interest in coming to Norwich. Expect Hughton to field 11 defenders for the rest of the season and try and ground out 0-0 draws. Oh what joy. Hehe thank god I don't have a season ticket and go and watch such rubbish.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • David Freezer would be better taking a drive to Thickthorn services tonight. It is rumoured that a trailer containing a medium load of beet (our fee) and Nogdam End`s veteran target man, Albert Dack, is on its way. City have reportedly beaten Norton Subcourse and Toft Monks to his much coveted signature. Albert, 49, has scored 1 goal in 743 appearances, all as a last minute substitute. It is anticipated he will bond instantly with Luciano Becchio. He`s bringing his own bench.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Why do we need to bring in a creative midfielder? We already have Wes Hoolahan and he cant get on the pitch. What Norwich need is a good central defender, not sure if Yobo is the answer, and a rethink on our atrociously negative tactics

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    Colin Rowe

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • McNally the clown fiddles while Carrow road burns? All our relegation rivals are doing good business in the window. Dreading Saturday already.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • What is the point of signings to play upfront. Playing at home, scoreless, take off both strikers. I despair with Houghton.

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    Barry from Spain

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • with our coaching team one wonders if a creative midfielder is the answer above and beyond a sherman tank.Slow unable to turn but with a heavy if inaccurate shot. Rioja next

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • All of our relegation rivals are either signing players or lately picking up points. Getting more and more concerned.

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    Barry from Spain

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • How about the following as potential loanees signings?? Serge Gnabry Iago Aspas Jo Allen Diego Capel Michael Ciani Fabrizio Quagiarella Jolson Lescott Jesse Lingard Gylfi Sigurdsson Antoine de Griezmann Jack Rodwell ... Add a decent trainer tactician who understands how to feed a starving forward line and there might be the makings of a PL team! (Or at least fodder for Fantasy Football!)

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    Fluffythomas

    Friday, January 31, 2014

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