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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Chris Hughton is not losing any sleep over the potential threat of Premier League rivals coveting his Norwich City stars in the upcoming January transfer window.
Wes Hoolahan was the latest key member of his squad to pledge his future to the club, prior to starring in the win over Wigan that carried City into the top eight on the back of an unbeaten 10-match league run.
Hughton confirmed there are no imminent moves to tie down any of City’s other senior men but is convinced his squad can see a club heading in the right direction.
“Wes is the one that’s been the most urgent one and we’re really just delighted it’s been done,” he said. “At this moment there are no other players (in that situation), but that is very much a club area. Am I concerned? No, I think if you concern yourself with that, you drive yourself mad. I’ve got a squad that’s pushing very, very hard to make sure they’re in the starting eleven. I’ve got a group of lads I like to think are enjoying their football and it’s probably not something that’s on my mind.”
Norwich continue to be linked with possible New Year recruits and Hughton accepts City’s elevated status can only help their cause to bolster his squad.
“There is a momentum right now,” he said. “The best time, of course, always is the summer. That’s the time when you can embed players into the squad. We brought in eight players in the summer and it gives you an opportunity to do that. January is one we will always continue to look at but if you said to me, ‘Are we definitely going to bring in people?’, the answer is I don’t know.
“I think if you asked anybody if they could strengthen their team, or the squad, then most people would say yes, they would. But it’s not as easy as that. We’ve got a really competitive group at the moment, a strong squad who are really fighting and sometimes players you might think would strengthen your team, it’s not the best time in January.”
Hughton is in no rush to bring in experienced goalkeeping cover alongside Mark Bunn with injured England international John Ruddy out until the New Year. The City boss believes City’s present squad is big enough to cope with the current level of ailments and likely suspensions.
“At the moment we are happy, but all those decisions we will make as we approach January,” he said. “Mark is certainly doing an excellent job for us. We’re quite happy with how we are. Numbers-wise we’re okay. As always, approaching January, you don’t know what’s going to happen in the build-up – whether you pick up any injuries, whether somebody offers you a surprise one that you didn’t think about – so we will do all our due diligence and scouting but it’s not leading into January. The scouting process is something that’s continual right through the season.”