Daniel Farke’s Norwich City side are considering a move for Hamza Choudhury this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that the newly-promoted Canaries have made signing a defensive midfielder a priority in the summer transfer window, as the club are set to lose the services of on-loan starlet Oliver Skipp, who is returning to Tottenham Hotspur.
As such, Leicester City’s Choudhury has emerged as a transfer target for Farke, who can expect to battle Newcastle United for the £7.2 million-rated midfielder, with Steve Bruce also thought to be keen on a move.
While there is no denying that Skipp has been something of a revelation since joining City on a season-long loan deal last August – with the 20-year-old making an average of 1.1 interceptions and 2.2 tackles per game over his 44 Championship appearances, as well as averaging an impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.02 – there are a number of reasons that suggest Choudhury could actually prove a more useful addition to Norwich, following their promotion.
Firstly, while he has only featured for Brendan Rodgers’ Champions League hopefuls nine times in the Premier League this season, Choudhury has a total of 46 top-flight appearances under his belt, much bettering Skipp’s total of 15.
Secondly, it is easy to forget just how highly rated the 23-year-old was upon breaking into the Leicester City first team, with the Sky Sports News reporter, Rob Dorsett, claiming back in 2019 that Choudhury’s “reading of the game shows a footballing maturity beyond his years”, as well as stating that the midfielder has “pace to burn” and a “rare aggression in the tackle that sets him aside from many other midfielders.”
Furthermore, the Leicester and England legend, Gary Lineker, dubbed the 23-year-old an “extremely talented” footballer in reaction to the midfielder’s “exceptional” first goal for the club back in 2020.
Indeed, it could be argued that Choudhury has not kicked on to fulfil his potential just yet, but, with Stuart Webber’s Moneyball approach to the transfer market – signing talented but underrated players for lower fees – we would not bet against him flourishing at Carrow Road next season, if the Canaries do go on to complete a deal for the £7,500-per-week man this summer.