When it comes to football and watching the team I support, I am without a shadow of doubt, a footballing pessimist.
There have been times, and as a Norwich City fan this doesn’t happen often, where my team is two or three goals ahead going into injury time and I still can’t allow myself the luxury of relaxing and enjoying the victory.
Each season, when asked how I feel that Norwich City are going to get on, I will invariably answer that I fear we will get relegated, but that with a very large amount of luck we ought to be able to survive by the skin of our teeth.
Even in the 2009-2010 season, when Norwich were promoted from League One under Paul Lambert, I had feared at the start that the best we could hope for was a mid-table finish on which to build for the following season.
This summer, Norwich City have signed seven players ahead of the forthcoming season, and spent plenty of money in doing so. Three of these signings in particular have resulted in me being, for the first time that I can ever remember, if not optimistic than at the very least less pessimistic about what the coming season will have in store for us.
Leroy Fer has been signed from FC Twente to bolster Chris Hughton's midfield options. A Dutch international, it can only be hoped that he will add a touch of style and panache to proceedings. That said, Mark Van Bommel and Nigel de Jong are proof, if it were needed, that not all Dutch players are exponents of the beautiful game.
Gary Hooper has been recently acquired from Celtic, and it remains to be seen if his phenomenal scoring record in the SPL will translate into equal success in the Premier League.
Last, but not least, we have the wonderfully named Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. A nightmare signing for any parent's who will have to fork out for lettering when their child decides he wants RVW's name on the back of their replica kit. Another Dutch international, RVW averaged more than a goal every other game whilst playing for Sporting Lisbon, and Canary fans will be hoping that he can fill the large boots left behind by Grant Holt.
All in all, when I am now asked how I think we will get on this season, I can alter my stance a little and say that I fear we will get relegated, but that with only a tiny little bit of luck, we ought to be able to survive.
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