Guess who Farke rates as a snip and his hopes for the January transfer window
PUBLISHED: 12:58 30 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:58 30 November 2019
Sam Byram is the bargain buy turning into one of Daniel Farke's best deals at Norwich City.
The former Leeds and West Ham full-back underlined his versatility again deputising for the injured Jamal Lewis in the Premier League win at Everton.
Byram was outstanding on the opposite flank in the landmark victory over Manchester City earlier this season and Farke is delighted with his impact since a reported £750,000 summer move.
Lewis is fit for Arsenal's visit to Carrow Road on Sunday, which leaves Farke with a major selection headache.
"A tough call but the situation you want as a head coach," he said. "Sam's versatility is one of his big strengths.
"My feeling is Sam is definitely one of our best signings last summer. He proved this with his performances, but even in the time when he was not in the starting line he pushed the other players to deliver.
"It's important Max (Aarons) and Jamal know they have to be there with a good performance, because there is a guy who puts pressure on them and delivers.
"In terms of personality and character it was tough for him to accept he was injured, after the Manchester City game, and then had to wait quite a long time to be back in the starting line up but he always behaved in a professional way, he was always there for the team even though he would have preferred to play more minutes.
"That is a big compliment to him and he is already a role model in how we want to behave and our spirit.
"Definitely one of our best signings."
Sporting director Stuart Webber told shareholders earlier this week City can approach the upcoming January transfer window looking to buy rather than sell as they reap the benefit from top-flight income.
"It's a much better feeling, the first time since I arrived here you don't fear we have to sell some of our best players," said Farke. "Even last season we had to live a bit in danger of getting an offer you couldn't refuse.
"Then you look forward to the moment when the transfer window closes.
"It's a much more relaxed situation. We still have a few opportunities perhaps to do a bit of business in January.
"We know probably all the other teams on this level have better opportunities - but at least it's possible for us to do some business if you find the right player. A much improved situation."