Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner have joined Norwich City as Chris Hughton gets ready for his first season in charge at Carrow Road. A manager can live or die by his signings and in Turner and Snodgrass, Hughton appears to have played it safe. There is however, the possibility that the new manager merely OK’d the new arrivals rather than the players being his targets. They appear on the face of it to be the type of player the club had in mind before he was even appointed and that is no bad thing.
Lambert’s interest in Snodgrass was known about in January and the addition of a more experienced central defender was always on the cards and looked all the more likely after the club decided not to offer Zak Whitbread a new deal. The club’s policy successfully implemented by Lambert of signing young English based players is evident in Snodgrass who joins Jacob Butterfield in moving up from the Championship looking to prove himself at the top level. Turner joins from Sunderland who have a lot of cover in central defence and although he doesn’t have as much to prove as previous Norwich signings his intention will certainly be to become a first team regular and prove he is the man to lead the City back line.
So what exactly are Norwich getting for their money? There are lots of phrases I like to use when describing players and helpfully Snodgrass and Turner fall perfectly into two of these categories. Turner is a Milk Float. He’s big, wide and very good at getting in the way of things and holding them up. The only problem is he’s slow. Snodgrass is a Tricksy Little Hobbit. Small, wiggly and very difficult to capture. He’s got a surprise or two waiting for any big defender that thinks they can bully him.
I like both signings. Both are former captains, Snodgrass at Leeds and Turner with Hull. They should have no problems gelling with the rest of the squad. The arrival of Turner probably means the end for Leon Barnett who is still looking to prove he belongs in the Premier League. Turner will do the dirty business of blocks and headers well. He’s a solid pro and should be a good example for Ryan Bennett and Daniel Ayala. Snodgrass offers another creative attacking option and like Pilkington is happy to operate on either flank, he’s got a goal or two in him as well.
The aim of the club now should be to try and become stable in the Premier League. Next season is shaping up to be just as tough if not tougher than last season so new signings were always going to be important. In Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner I think we’ve done good business, but with the start of the season still a few weeks away, I’m hoping for one or two more arrivals.