Robin Sainty

The Premier League and its propaganda arm Sky Sports see football as all about glamour.

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It's only six months since that sticky early August evening at Anfield when City kicked off their season but as they prepare for the return fixture all the hopes and dreams we took with us that day have largely evaporated.

The inner workings of the transfer system are complex and generally shrouded in mystery, with fees often listed as undisclosed. Consequently it's hardly surprising that all sorts of myths and misconceptions develop around them.

There have been relatively few opportunities to savour City's results this season, but last Saturday was a notable exception as the Canaries produced a high-class display to beat a Burnley side who never looked like winning the game.

It's a peculiar paradox that Norwich City are almost certainly headed straight back to the Championship, probably as the bottom team in the Premier League, yet the team and manager were warmly applauded by fans at the end of Wednesday night's cruel defeat at Spurs.

It would be nice to be able to put a positive spin onto Norwich City's defeat at Old Trafford, but the truth is that there was very little to be positive about.

With the madness of the January transfer window upon us it's inevitable that there will be demands in some quarters for City to spend big money in an attempt to stay up, even though that would be in direct contravention of the blueprint that was put in place when Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber arrived in 2017.

And so we have said farewell to 2019, a year that has had more than its fair share of ups and downs for City fans as we scaled the heights of the Championship only to see the Canaries cursed by injuries and struggling in the toughest league in the world.

"We're a young team but there comes a point when the lads have got to step up, stick together and be men."

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