Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman expecting a busy summer of comings and goings at Carrow Road
The time has nearly come for us to wave farewell to the Premier League once more.
Our latest single-season top-flight foray will come to an end this weekend, with a visit from Tottenham rounding off a thoroughly miserable campaign for the club.
It’s a game that matters so much more in north London than it does in East Anglia, with Spurs knowing that a point guarantees them Champions League football.
Meanwhile, those of an Arsenal persuasion are desperate for our boys to pull off a shock victory, opening the door for them to enter Europe’s most coveted club competition at the expense of their great rivals.
The only thing on offer for us is pride – something that is in desperate need of restoration.
In truth, whatever happens on Sunday, it will be a relief to shut the door on the 2021/22 season and start looking forward again – and it is important to do so.
With the 2022/23 season starting on the last weekend of July, we only have 10 weeks to get our house in order ready for what we hope – maybe even expect – to be another serious tilt at promotion.
There is an awful lot of work required to get our squad in shape for that challenge.
Player sales will be required and I’d expect to see Max Aarons and Milot Rashica depart in order to help fill the financial hole caused by relegation. I’m sure there will be other players considering their futures, particularly those who arrived last summer for a crack at the Premier League, and those who have found themselves on the fringes since Dean Smith took over.
Conversely, it’s an important summer in terms of recruitment. We are in desperate need of some creativity in the attacking areas – essentially someone to step into the shoes of Emi Buendia a year after his departure.
Midfield is the other key area, with the departures of Mathais Normann and Billy Gilmour – as well as possibly Lukas Rupp – leaving us very short on numbers.