Daniel Farke’s Norwich City side have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their Premier League campaign following a major development regarding Kenny McLean.
According to a report by Sky Sports, the Canaries’ midfielder has been ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks due to a knee ligament injury, meaning the 29-year-old will miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign as well as the club’s pre-season leading up to next term.
The news regarding McLean comes following the announcement that Norwich had released both Mario Vrancic and Alexander Tettey shortly after the conclusion of the Championship season, leaving Farke incredibly short of options in the middle of the park ahead of the club’s Premier League campaign.
Losing McLean to a long-term injury would have been devastating news for the Norwich manager at the best of times, let alone after just axing two of his other options in the position.
However, this latest development means that Stuart Webber must now act in the summer transfer window, with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp – whom Farke described as an “unbelievable” player – being an obvious candidate to try and lure back to the club.
After joining City from Spurs on a season-long loan deal last summer, the 20-year-old proved to be an inspired signing by Webber, making an average of 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 0.6 key passes per game over his 45 Championship appearances, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.90 – ranking him as the club’s joint 10th-best performer in their title-winning campaign.
As such, despite the fact that Skipp also picked up an injury towards the end of the season – which Tottenham have revealed looks likely to keep him sidelined until pre-season – Webber should be doing all he can to convince both Spurs and the midfielder of the benefits of another move back to Norwich, not only because of the £4,300-per-week midfielder’s obvious talent, but because it is simply now a necessity for the club to bring bodies in this summer.