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Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says recruitment must be better to avoid another short stay in the Premier League under Daniel Farke

'It's like we’ve gone into a war without a gun and guess what? We’ve been shot'. That was Stuart Webber’s damning verdict of the club’s recruitment following our last promotion to the Premier League.

He wasn’t wrong. Of those who arrived in the summer of 2019, only Sam Byram made any sort of impact – although given his injury problems, even that could be described as generous.

This time around, it’s imperative Webber and co learn from their mistakes and give Daniel Farke the tools to compete.

So where do we need to strengthen? The situation in goal is relatively straight forward. Tim Krul is our undisputed number one, with the club hoping to extend the contract of Ørjan Nyland as his deputy.

Edward Seaman Across the Border: Norwich columnist
Edward Seaman Across the Border: Norwich columnist

Should that fail to come to fruition, reports suggest we could bring Angus Gunn back. Gunn has failed to kick-on following his loan spell in 2017/18 but would be a popular acquisition given his ties to the club.

At the back, Ben Gibson and Dimitris Giannoulis have already made their loan moves permanent. With doubts over the fitness of Christoph Zimmermann, I would like to see another centre-back arrive, although the emergence of Andrew Omobamidele eases some of the pressure.

In midfield, re-securing the services of Oliver Skipp for another year is the main priority of the window. Meanwhile, the departures of Alex Tettey and Mario Vrancic pave the way for further recruits in this department.

Also key is the wide positions. Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell both have the star quality, but in terms of out-and-out wingers, I struggle to see Onel Hernandez or Przemysław Płacheta making an impact.

Second guessing signings is a thankless task, but I’d be surprised if there wasn’t an interest in Harry Wilson – having been linked with the Welshman last summer.

Up front, it would be naive not to provide support for Teemu Pukki. Josh King is a name that has been banded about and a player of his experience and quality would be a welcome addition.

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