Transfer deadline day is always exciting as a football fan. Up early, every possible rumour website and transfer centre open. The anticipation of your club bringing in much needed talent to help challenge for a title, make the push for European football or even avoid relegation.
With transfer rumours going crazy this year I could be forgiven as a Norwich City supporter for getting excited about the prospect of new players joining my club to aid in what will be a tough relegation battle.
Now that the winter transfer window has slammed shut I'm not only left feeling disappointed but deeply shocked.
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The day started well with the acquisition of Dieumerci Mbokani on loan from Dynamo Kiev.
Mbokani seems to be tailor made to fit Alex Neil's preferred playing a single striker up front. He also brings with him a wealth of experience from across Europe, having previously played for Anderlecht, VfL Wolfsburg, Monaco, Standard Liège and TP Mazembe.
An excellent start to what would prove to be a very poor transfer window for Norwich and a great replacement for the departing Ricky van Wolfswinkel who left on a season loan to Real Betis.
Everything went downhill from there though. Throughout the day the Canaries were also linked with moves for several other strikers, including Jonathan Walters, Steven Naismith and Dwight Gayle all deals of which fell through.
There was no speculation around a much needed centre back though, a position which was desperately in need of competition and re-enforcements.
The real shock though, wasn't Norwich City's inability to bring players into the club it was the departure of our vice captain and club stalwart Bradley Johnson.
Last year's player of the season departed to to Derby County for a figure reported by Sky Sports to be around six million pounds. The deal was unexpected and has sent shock waves of disbelief through the Norwich City faithful.
With Norwich are among the lowest overall net spenders in the Premier League during this transfer window and having lost one of our highest respected players in Bradley Johnson, it would appear a cloud of doubt has been cast over Norwich's ambition to stay in the Premier League for another season.
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