Canaries’ boss on splashing the cash
Daniel Farke is confident funds will be available to bolster Norwich City’s Premier League push in the next transfer window.
City brought in five new faces to his senior ranks but opted to reward the majority of the existing squad who sealed a surprise Championship title win during the summer trading.
Farke made it clear prior to deadline day the club were still paying 'for the sins of the past' but is adamant the future is looking much brighter.
"It has to be our way. We brought in three loans, a free transfer and Sam Byram and I will let you into a little secret. He did not cost £40m. It was less," he said.
"Listen, we made it clear the long term project is to make this club a permanent member of the Premier League or if not to be able to fight for immediate promotion. We don't want to risk the future of our club.
"We have to refund ourselves. We are not able to spend more money.
"You can maybe survive for one year in the Premier League if you spend money but you can just as easy go down to League One. We wanted to invest in our academy and our infrastructure.
"Hopefully (in January) it will be different. It is not like I am overly happy that we can't spend more money. I would like to sign more quality players because I like to work with them but I totally buy into our philosophy.
"I knew the situation when I signed a contract. Hopefully one day we can spend lots of money. But it is not about the spending of the money, it is the quality you bring in."
To emphasize the point, Tim Krul made a string of top saves at Anfield despite Liverpool's early barrage and Teemu Pukki opened his account following a prolific debut season.
Both were key figures in sealing promotion after arriving on free transfers.
Krul held off the challenge of Schalke 04 loan signing Ralf Fahrmann to feature in the club's top flight return.
"My feeling is we had many really good individual performances. Tim Krul was a big topic in the second half and made a really good save in the first half," said Farke.
"I was especially pleased with the mentality of my young lads after we went behind. Todd Cantwell was our best outfield player in the first half.
"I also felt the likes of Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons showed maturity after being 4-0 down."