After a remarkable season in the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City will be waiting for the new season already as they prepare for life in the Premier League.
It has been an unbelievable season for the Canaries, with Daniel Farke’s side playing arguably the best football in the division on their march to promotion.
It will be very much a case of “same again” this time around for the Norfolk club, maybe not regarding their league position in the Premier League, but regarding their summer transfer business after some magnificent additions last term.
The likes of Teemu Pukki and Emiliano Buendia have all proved to be remarkable signings for Norwich, the former winning the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season after signing on a free transfer from Brondby.
Reports claim that Farke will be given a £20million budget for the 2019/20 campaign, in order to avoid falling into the same trap that Fulham did last term.
The Cottagers won promotion to the Premier League in the 2017/18 season, but spent almost £100million in the summer, ripping up the core of the squad that served them so well the year before.
You get the feeling that Norwich will keep the general centre of their squad together next year, although one player who is currently facing an uncertain future at Carrow Road is Timm Klose.
The defender is currently attracting interest from Rangers and Fenerbahce, who are both looking to sign him on a free transfer with his current deal set to run out in the summer.
It has been a mixed season for the player, who is arguably Norwich’s best defender on his day. He was a regular in the first-half of the campaign, but failed to make a return to the starting XI after a spell on the sidelines with injury.
This wasn’t because he had a terrible opening half of the season, but simply because Ben Godfrey and Christoph Zimmermann were just so good at the back together.
Nevertheless, with his future still up in arms in Norfolk, the club simply need to renew Klose’s contract – the 31-year old still has huge amounts of quality, and his leadership and experience in the top-flight will be beneficial.
He would also get the best out of Ben Godfrey next year with competition for places, and Farke must get this deal done.