Ian Clarke

The injured Youssouf Mulumbu is already missed  which proves how vital he will be to the Canaries this season. Photo: PAUL CHESTERTON

Fifteen players out, seven players in. A total of £10m spent and £6m put in the coffers.

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Wes Hoolahan has been one of the cornerstones of Norwich Citys Premier League campaign so far.

Regular readers of this column will know that I like the odd random fact about the Canaries.

Alex Neil has the full confidence of Norwich Citys supporters having led them to promotion last season.

Excited? Yes, me too. And a bit more than a man of 45 should be. Worried? Yes, a tiny bit. Up for it? Absolutely.

NCFC v Middlesbrough play off at Wembley.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

So who still thinks the play-offs are a bad idea? Without checking on Wiki, pause now and guess when they were first introduced.

Norwich City's Jonathan Howson (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates Cameron Jerome (left) and Bradley Johnson (right) during the Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi Final, First Leg at Portman Road, Ipswich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 9, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Ipswich. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

What have these 31 names got in common?

Bradley Johnson has been a shining light for the Canaries this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Several times during this season I have heard pundits say that on paper Norwich City have the best squad in the Championship.

The Norwich players celebrate victory at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Elland Road, Leeds. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Do you remember the days when Norwich were rubbish away from NR1? Yes, so do I.

Ian Clarke predicts Norwich City need five wins and a draw from their final seven matches, if they are to gain promotion to the Premier League. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

So what’s your prediction then?

Sitting on the fence is over and it’s time to make up your mind. Failure in the run-up to May 2 with a finish outside the top six?

Norwich City's Milk Cup winners parade the trophy through the city centre. Picture: Archant archive

This year marks the 113th birthday of Norwich City. I have to confess I haven’t done the exact maths, but I estimate the Canaries have played more than 5,500 matches since being formed in 1902.

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