This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Norwich City are one of three clubs interested in signing Chelsea winger Lucas Piazon, a report from TuttoMercatoWeb has claimed.
Piazon is currently in his second straight season on loan with Rio Ave in Portugal, but now looks set to be heading elsewhere in the January transfer window.
According to this latest report, Norwich have been joined by Championship rivals Stoke City, and Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux, in the battle to sign the 26-year-old.
But would Piazon be a good signing for Norwich? And would he be a regular feature if he moved to Carrow Road?
We put that question some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.
For me, this all depends on what happens with Buendia.
The Argentinian attacking midfielder is being heavily linked with a move away from Carrow Road, and if he is sold, an adequate replacement will be needed.
In truth, I have my doubts as to whether Piazon has the required skillset to fill the potential gaping void left by Buendia if he does go.
He was hardly spectacular during his previous stints in the Championship, notably with Reading and Fulham, and I just am unsure if he can give Norwich what they want.
Obviously, if Buendia stays, Piazon is not needed in my view, as the Canaries do already possess a number of attacking midfielders all competing for a starting berth.
You have to say Piazon would in no way be guaranteed a starting spot in Farke’s team right now.
I’m not sure that the Canaries need him but landing a player with Piazon’s talent is always a good signing, in my eyes.
The long-serving Chelsea player has spent the majority of his career out on loan and it seems Norwich are hoping to be the latest side to benefit.
Piazon has shown his quality in the Championship in the past and in a dominant, attacking side like Norwich he could flourish.
Would he start? Certainly not straight away. The likes of Buendia, Cantwell and McLean are trusted by Daniel Farke but you’d imagine Piazon would battle his way into consideration.
I’m not too sure about this one.
I think it speaks volumes that Piazon has never really been able to settle anywhere. He’s never made it at Chelsea, and never really made an impact whilst out on loan.
He’s scored two goals in eight games for Rio Ave this season, and personally, I don’t think he’s an improvement on the options Norwich currently have going forward.
Daniel Farke is a good coach, though, and not many would have expected him to get the best out of the likes of Mario Vrancic and Teemu Pukki when he came to Carrow Road.
It would be a bit of a gamble, though.