You suspect somewhere in the state-of-the-art Norwich City training centre is a mission control room with a job lot of white boards and electronic devices.

When David Moyes was manager of Everton he had his transfer strategy mapped out on four walls of one office, accessible through a door marked ‘permission only’. On one was reportedly a foreign transfer wishlist, on another ‘live’ targets split into potential fees, frees or loanees.

Another, the players he might covet in the Premier League, and the last one his current Toffees’ squad, with a breakdown who was for the here and now and the future.

That was some years ago given his managerial moves since to Manchester United, Spain, Wearside and currently West Ham.

The technology may have moved on considerably from walls and white boards but the principles remain fundamental.

Sit and listen to Stuart Webber’s recent media round and it is clear this summer’s transfer window at Norwich City, in terms of scale, will be bigger than the one that went before. But more than that, given a mid-table Championship finish, Webber was happy to volunteer he is also embarking on a new cycle of squad building.

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Yet in Ashley Barnes’ pending arrival on a free transfer, following his Burnley exit, Webber appears keen to go back to the future.

“It's super important that we bring in some big characters, experienced players to help the talented youngsters,” he said. “I know Angus (Gunn) is 27, but in terms of goalkeeper-wise experience he's young.

"Max Aarons, young, Bali Mumba, young, Andrew Omobamidele, young, Jon Tomkinson, young, Sam McCallum, young, Gabriel Sara, young, Marcelino Nunez, young, Christos Tzolis, Liam Gibbs, Jon Rowe, Adam Idah, Josh Sargent.

"A real pool of young players who, in some respects, are ready to take that step into becoming a senior type. But they are still young so we need to put that help around them.

“So you bring in an Ashley Barnes, who can either help in terms of playing with a Josh or an Adam, or by being around them make them better players. They can learn from him. Because if you look at what we've always had there was a good core.

"I remember even when I first came, Russell Martin, who didn’t end up playing too much, but a good professional, super experienced, played at the highest level, and he could help Ben Godfrey or Jamal Lewis, that first year, who was coming through.

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"We had Alex Tettey to help James Madison, or we had Wes (Hoolahan) who could help James.

"Then the next year we could have Jordan Rhodes to help Dennis Srbeny. Grant Hanley helping Max or Tim Krul when he came. Some of our players have become that since they have been here. We've had Ben Gibson come up into that role. Grant and Kenny McLean. But we need to add more of them.”

Webber retains a firm belief there is also talent pushing through from below. For all last season’s angst Norwich were in the front rank of Football League clubs exposing their youngest to the first team glare.

“We think the academy is stronger than ever,” he said, after revealing in his recent Carrow Road sitdown he rejected a big-money enquiry in January for centre back Omobamidele. “We've seen the emergence of Liam. Jon Rowe has been really unfortunate with his injuries. That's been a real kick in the teeth for him this year, and for us, because I think he's an exciting player.

"But then we had Abu Kamara make his debut, an exciting player, who still has got a lot to do, but he excites me. Brad Hills, Jaden Warner have been on the bench.

“In my time here, six years, 24pc of our minutes have been played by academy players, which is a hell of a lot for any football club. That comes down as well to the infrastructure.

"We've now got an academy which is the envy of most clubs in the country. There's a reason why big clubs from all around the world come and visit our academy to see how are we doing this.

“Jay Marshall, who's our recruitment head for the academy, keeps plucking these players. I don't know how he does it, but he keeps plucking them.

"We've got more international players in our academy than we've ever had in the history of the club. So that's one of the areas where growth has been outstanding.”