Closing of the window left me wanting more from Norwich City

Everton striker Steven Naismith was linked with a deadline day move to Norwich City.

Everton striker Steven Naismith was linked with a deadline day move to Norwich City. - Credit: PA

By the time Bradley Johnson drove up the M1 to Derby and Matt Jarvis quietly slipped in the back door, the 6pm 'slam' echoed through the silence of held breath and puzzled looks in Norfolk.

Was that it?! We still have a couple of strikers who are very unlikely to put their head in where it hurts to score, the rumour of our player of the season wanting to leave emerged and came to fruition within hours, and still no dedicated centre-back to either improve the defence or even add cover. It seems the window didn't go to plan.

Although the acquisition of quality players like Robbie Brady, Youssouf Mulumbu, and hopefully Dieumerci Mbonaki may have prompted some opinion of satisfaction at our improvement, was it enough?

Overpaying for a player is not a legitimate solution for a club of our size, however with a reported £10million out and £6m in, we didn't take advantage of the last opportunity to build, grow and invest in the squad of a fantastic 2015 with a fantastic manager – and it was frustrating.

Maybe the feeling of dissatisfaction is because once again we were teased throughout the summer months with some really exciting players in the media.


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With rumoured big bids for players such as Mattia Destro and Nicolas Nkoulou, it seemed we were going to push the boat out with calculated gambles. After all David McNally and head of scouting Lee Darnbrough are old hands at this Premier League scramble for bodies. They know the game.

We're all aware a transfer is a delicate and difficult process, yet our scouting and subsequent bidding seemed haphazard at best. By the time we supposedly bid unsuccessfully £8m for Everton striker Steven Naismith, we must have been on at least Plan G or H.

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Maybe we were extra cautious? Especially after a few lucrative salaries for Luciano Becchio, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have been spent to warm the plastic seating of the Carrow Road dugout.

But once again, it comes down to finances, and it looks like we didn't have enough.

As the window closed, Danny Murphy mentioned on Five Live that he believes that throughout the world, 98pc of professional footballers who are told about a possible move will first ask 'What's the deal?' i.e. how much money are they getting.

The ex-Liverpool midfielder continued that the manager, the league, the area, the training ground, the fans and everything else – which are endlessly quoted by the player in the 'EXCLUSIVE FIRST INTERVIEW' articles splashed across club websites – but in the end, the player doesn't care a dot about any of that.

Cold hard cash is what makes players delighted to sign for a team like Derby City FC, ahem, sorry Jonno!

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