Norwich City column: Festive results will decide calibre of realistic January transfer targets while Max Aarons sale would help fund them
With the Premier League signalling its intention to carry on over the festive period, the next few weeks has the potential to make or break Norwich City’s survival chances.
The Canaries find themselves at the foot of the table heading into Christmas Day, three points behind 17th-placed Watford having played a game more.
They do so courtesy of three straight defeats, which have somewhat slowed the momentum built in the early weeks of the Dean Smith reign.
Individually, each result hasn’t been of particular concern. I thought we played well against Spurs (at times) and Man Utd – while the Aston Villa defeat owed a lot to the excruciatingly high number of players unavailable for selection.
But collectively, they leave us in a precarious position – knowing that a few poor results could once again leave us cut adrift at the bottom.
That, of course, would have a knock-on effect on the calibre of player we might be able to attract in January, when it is abundantly clear we need to strengthen.
I wrote a while back about my hopes for the transfer window and at the top of the list remains a striker and a holding midfielder.
But the last weeks have also demonstrated the need for some creativity in the forward areas, which is glaringly lacking.
A lot has been said and written about Todd Cantwell – and I still retain faith he can find his form at this level. But there’s no hiding from the fact he’s currently a long way off that standard.
Kieran Dowell is another yet to make an impact this season, but I do believe he has been hard done by in terms of pitch time.
In terms of how we can fund those improvements, it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see Max Aarons move on. The young full-back has been fantastic for the club and should a chance to join one of Europe’s elite arise, he certainly deserves it.