Norwich City’s dream end of January XI

The January window is always a huge time for any of the clubs who are hoping to avoid relegation in the second half of the season and it is no different in 2016.

In fact, with the huge TV deal coming up, this winter window might be one of the most hectic yet as clubs, as Bournemouth have done, scramble to compile the strongest squad possible to reach the pot of gold at the end of the season.

The Canaries may well think that they are in a shoot out with around four other teams for the final relegation slot, but the recent form of Sunderland looks like there could be a third place in the drop zone up for grabs – with Aston Villa doomed for Championship football.

Alex Neil is a talented young manager and he will be very aware of how much a club increases their chances of Premier League stability if they can buy shrewdly.

Here is the ideal end of window XI…

Declan Rudd

Stoke City v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League

Rudd has impressed significantly more than John Ruddy so far this season and the Norwich keeper looks to have made the place his own.

Neil is fortunate to have competition for this goalkeeping spot and may well rotate his ‘keepers throughout the season.

Mathieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy

Due to Hector Bellerin’s brilliant form, Debuchy has struggled to get any minutes during this season and the ex-Newcastle full-back might be looking for a move this window.

His international experience and unquestionable quality would be a significant upgrade on anything Norwich currently have at right-back.

Timm Klose

Arsenal v VfL Wolfsburg - Emirates Cup - Pre Season Friendly Tournament

The German defender has been isolated somewhat at his current club as new signings have pushed him out of his starting role.

However, several highly knowledgeable people, including Raphael Honigstein, have said that Klose would be a brilliant addition for the Canaries.

Sebastien Bassong

Sebastien Bassong

Bassong seems to have finally settled as a Norwich player and the ex-Newcastle man is now an integral part of the Canaries’ defence.

Alex Neil will be hoping Bassong can build a strong partnership with Klose in the second half of the season.

Robbie Brady

Norwich City v Aston Villa - Barclays Premier League

Adept as a wing-back or full-back, Brady was a stand out player during his time with Hull and he has continued to show his class at Norwich.

Useful defensively, but Brady is best when he is on the front foot and looking to cause damage in the opposition’s half. The ex-Hull man has been a brilliant addition for Norwich and will need to continue his rich vein of form.

Alex Tettey

Alexander Tettey (Norwich)

Tettey has a pretty concerning disciplinary record thus far, but his all-action midfield game has helped Norwich rescue points on a few occasions this season.

Each team has a midfielder who does the ‘dirty work’ and Tettey sometimes seems to be restricted because of this.

Jonny Howson

Manchester United v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League

With the loss of Bradley Johnson in the summer, Howson has had to step up to the mark and the midfielder has also had to adapt to a number of different roles in the midfield.

Occasionally he has been used as a wide midfield player, but Howson is clearly most comfortable when able to run from deeper and support the attacking play.

Wes Hoolahan

Norwich City v Everton - Barclays Premier League

David Silva, Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata… Wes Hoolahan.

The Irish playmaker might not quite be up to the standards of those three, but his role in the team is very much the same.

Hoolahan, with a reliable striker in front of him, his a highly gifted creator and will register plenty of assists.

Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond

If Norwich do go down, Redmond will be one of the first players that clubs will look to snatch from the Canaries.

His inconsistencies can be frustrating, albeit expected for a young player, but the England under-21 international is one of the most talented players in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Steven Naismith


Eyebrows will be raised at the potential fee for Naismith, but his tireless running and knack for crucial goals will have enticed Alex Neil to make the bid and it could be one of the best signings of the window.

Clubs are always tempted to make an exotic move, but someone like Naismith could just be enough to pull Norwich away from trouble.

Papiss Cisse

Papiss Cisse

With Ayoze and Mitrovic making the centre forward role at Newcastle their own, Papiss Cisse might finally be thinking of moving on from St James’ Park and the Senegalese striker is a guarantee of goals.

He will not always contribute much else, but goals are what Norwich need and this man will certainly provide them.