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Norwich City in need of striker and holding midfielder during January transfer window to bolster Premier League survival chances

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If he hadn’t already, Dean Smith will surely now start thinking about plans to improve his squad during the January transfer window.

Smith suffered his first defeat as City boss against Spurs on Sunday, in a match that laid bare the shortcomings of this current crop of players.

For me the first priority has to be another striker to ease the burden on Teemu Pukki – a subject I wrote about last week.

Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman
Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman

Both Adam Idah and Joshua Sargent squandered big chances at Spurs, with neither player yet to score a Premier League goal this season.

I’m a big fan of Idah – and think he has the potential to make a real impact – but at this stage of his career, I’m not sure he’s ready for top flight action.

For one reason or another, the 20-year-old has never had a consistent run of games – in fact he has only started three league games for the club. I think a loan move would be beneficial for his development, allowing him to play – and hopefully score –on a regular basis.

And then there’s Sargent, who has been guilty of missing a number of big chances since his summer arrival (the Brighton sitter still gives me nightmares).

I think the American offers a lot more to the team than some give him credit for – see the performance against Southampton as the prime example. But there’s been nothing to suggest he is capable of being an out-and-out striker, with the ability to score goals on a regular enough basis.

My second priority would be a holding midfielder, in the mould of the great Alex Tettey. Mathias Normann has been impressive during his short stint at the club, but I’m not sure he fits that criteria.

I would like to see the Norwegian given a slightly more advanced role alongside Billy Gilmour – with a real enforcer to screen the back four. I’m sure someone in that position would have done more to stop both the goals from Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.