Norwich City's summer transfer business has given them a fighting chance of Premier League survival
Ultimately the success of Norwich City’s transfer business will be judged by results on the pitch, but there is no doubt it has been one of the busiest and most exciting windows in the club’s history.
No fewer than 11 players have arrived through the door – representing an outlay of more than £50m – as Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber look to build a squad capable of maintaining its Premier League status.
The final days of the window saw the two missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fall into place, in the shape of Mathias Normann and Ozan Kabak.
City’s hunt for a defensive midfielder and centre-back has been well documented, particularly given the soft nature of some of the goals conceded in the opening weeks of the season, including both during last weekend’s defeat against Leicester – a game City should have come away with at least a point.
Norway international Normann joins from Russian side FC Rostov with a reputation as a tough tackler and will provide some much-needed physicality currently missing in the midfield.
His arrival will also allow Billy Gilmour to play further up the pitch, where hopefully he will be able to get on the ball and influence games.
But for me, in Kabak, Webber has saved the best until last. The highly-rated Turkish defender impressed during a loan spell at Anfield in the second half of last season, having been recruited to fill the void created by injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
So much so, I know there were many Liverpool fans disappointed they didn’t take up the option to sign the 21-year-old permanently.
The fact he has ended up at Carrow Road speaks volumes for the ambitions of the club to stay in this league. Whether it will be enough, only time will tell.
But one thing is for sure, we can’t be accused of not giving ourselves a fighting chance this time around.