Norwich City recently secured the services of Matt Jarvis on a season-long loan from West Ham United.
Matt Jarvis who boasts a strong CV has been languishing in poor form recently leading to many Norwich City fans asking what kind of impact the 29-year-old winger will have this season at Carrow Road. We run the rule over the former Gillingham, Wolves and West Ham man to decide if he is the man to help Norwich City become an established Premier League club.
Matt Jarvis first found fame at Gillingham a club signed for as a trainee at the age of 17. Jarvis earned a place in the 2006-2007 Football League One PFA Team of the Year alongside his new Norwich City teammate Wes Hoolahan, then of Blackpool.
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Jarvis’ form in the 2006-2007 League one campaign lead to interest from various Championship clubs, although it was Wolverhampton Wanderers that obtained the signature of the young winger in June 2007.
Matt Jarvis spent five seasons at Wolverhampton Wanderers making 164 appearances and scoring 19 goals. His prolific form in the 2010-2011 Premier League campaign in which he hit the back of the net four times, earned Jarvis a call up to the England Squad in March 2011.
Jarvis carried this excellent form through to the 2012-2013 Premier League campaign where he notched eight further goals gained the attention of West Ham United.
In August 2012 Matt Jarvis signed a five year contract with West Ham but has so far been unable to replicate the form he showed Wolves between 2007-2012 scoring only six times in 90 matches for the club. With West Ham bringing in Victor Moses and Michael Antonio, Matt Jarvis was clearly deemed surplus to requirement by Hammers' boss Slaven Bilić.
So will he work for Norwich City? Will Jarvis be able to replicate his success in a Wolves shirt for Norwich? This will depend on how much Alex Neil can get out of him and whether he can inspire the kind of resurgence he infused within the Norwich City team when he joined the club in January 2015.
As a Norwich City fan myself I want this signing to work. However, I do fear that when Martin Olsson returns from injury and occupies the left back position it will only push recent £7 million signing Robbie Brady onto the left wing forcing Matt Jarvis onto the bench and allowing him very little time to shine.
Jarvis therefore has very little time to impress. Norwich City’s upcoming game against A.F.C. Bournemouth on September 12 could prove to be the most important of Matt Jarvis’ career.