Smile for Kamara

Two in and one out counts as a busy transfer deadline day for Norwich City. January 31 usually passes by at Carrow Road with very little business having been done. In recent years only Ryan Bennett has been signed by the Canaries on the final day of the window and even then the defender was immediately loaned back to Peterborough United as part of the deal. This season, however, manager Chris Hughton has reacted to the lack of firepower upfront by bringing in Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio – with Steve Morison and some cash going the other way –…

Smile for Kamara

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Andy

February 12th, 2013

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Two in and one out counts as a busy transfer deadline day for Norwich City. January 31 usually passes by at Carrow Road with very little business having been done. In recent years only Ryan Bennett has been signed by the Canaries on the final day of the window and even then the defender was immediately loaned back to Peterborough United as part of the deal. This season, however, manager Chris Hughton has reacted to the lack of firepower upfront by bringing in Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio – with Steve Morison and some cash going the other way – and Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara.

Normally deadline day is reserved for ‘Arry Redknapp signing a completely new starting elven and all seemingly from the driver’s seat of his car if the interviews on Sky Sports News are anything to go by. But this year there were even reported sightings of Norwich City chief executive David McNally in the departures lounge of Norwich International Airport on his way to Scotland to try to persuade Celtic to part with their forward Gary Hooper. In the end that pursuit proved fruitless with a chartered private plane from Glagow at 9pm on January 31 landing in Norwich with no passengers on board.

Enough of the one that got away – let’s focus on those that have walked through the doors at Norwich City. Just 25 goals in the Goals For column this season (the fourth lowest in the top flight) shows where Norwich City’s problems lie in their current winless sequence of eight league games. Hughton has addressed this by reuniting Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass with former Leeds team mate Luciano Becchio. The Argentine forward has been in fantastic form in the Championship this season, hitting 19 goals in 32 games. Hopefully he can step it up a level and replicate that form in the top flight alongside Grant Holt.

Becchio’s arrival at Carrow Road has resulted in Steve Morison’s exit. The Welsh international moved to Elland Road in a player plus cash deal for Becchio. This move is probably best for both parties. Morison had failed to repeat his efforts of last season where he scored nine Premier League goals in his debut season in the top flight and, as a result, some sections of the crowd had turned on him. Having had his confidence rocked by this loss of form I can only wish Steve the best of luck in his move to Leeds and I hope he wins over the Elland Road crowd. Having said that, every Norwich City fan would have raised an eyebrow at Warnock’s quotes that, in Morison, he had signed someone who “can score goals from anywhere – whether it’s 25 yards or a tap-in – he has pace.” I don’t remember Morison hitting any 25-yarders for City, or beating anyone for pace.

The final piece of transfer business during the recent window is the rather unknown quantity that is Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara. The forward, who has also been employed in a winger role, will certainly be the first ever Sierra Leone international on the Canaries’ books. One of three players to score nine or more goals in each of the last three seasons in the MLS, Norwich City fans know little else about Kamara and many will see it as a good piece of business that the 28-year-old is initially on loan until the end of the season. If he turns out to be a hit then presumably a permanent deal can be done, if he turns out to be a flop then he can return to Kansas where he is worshipped. Here’s hoping his lifelong dream of playing in the Premier League doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

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