Jeremy Spitzberg

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Season Preview: Norwich

Friday, August 16, 2013



Javier Garrido - Lazio - £1.28m
Leroy Fer - Twente - Undisclosed
Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Sporting Lisbon - £8.5m
Nathan Redmond - Birmingham City - £3.2m (reported)
Martin Olsson - Blackburn - Undisclosed
Gary Hooper - Celtic - £5m (reported)




Grant Holt - Wigan - £2m
Tom Adeyemi - Birmingham - Free
Lee Camp - Released
George Francomb - Released
Simeon Jackson - Released
Ramil Sheriff - Released
Korey Smith - Released
Elliott Ward - Released
James Vaughan - Huddersfield - undisclosed
Jed Steer - Aston Villa - Compensation yet to be agreed
Andrew Surman - Bournemouth - Loan


Norwich have won the summer. Now we need to find out if that transfers (sorry) to winning on the pitch.


They have made six quality signings. Each fills a need and could contribute to the first-team right away. That does damn last year's side a bit, but not without cause. Norwich had some good runs and could be hard to beat, especially at home. They could also get turned over in embarrassing fashion.


Getting England's John Ruddy back from injury will help. Mark Bunn did well, and was decent fantasy value. But Ruddy is another class. Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong are just coming back from injury, but are a formidable tandem when fit. They are otherwise very thin in the middle of defence, but have a surplus of full backs, with good competition - and hence fantasy uncertainty - on both the right and left sides.


Martin Olsson solidify the left flank and give them options beyond the still-injured Anthony Pilkington. Nathan Redmond gives them cover for star man Robert Snodgrass, as well as being a spark off bench. Leroy Fer gives them real talent in midfield. He can play in an advanced midfield role when the Canaries play 4-5-1 on the road, or drop deeper to run a four-man midfield if needed. I expect him to be in Yaya Toure/Momo Sissoko mode, and his fantasy value will probably fluctuate week to week based on the team's real world concerns.


Up top, Norwich have spent on demonstrable, but relatively un-tested potential. Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have scored well in smaller leagues and will face a transition to the Premier League. Hopefully they bring mobility and dynamism to the team, while replacing most of the finishing that Grant Holt has taken to Wigan.


In all, Norwich's prospects are bright and they should settle into mid-table obscurity quite comfortably. There is fantasy value in the team. Keep an eye on the established Robert Snodgrass, van Wolfswinkel's potential, and Martin Olsson's possible out-of-position deployment in midfield.

Jeremy Spitzberg writes about fantasy soccer (football) and is a Rotoworld contributor. You can find him on Twitter @JSpitzberg.
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