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Tranmere’s end-of-season euphoria may be cut short if latest report is to go by: Opinion

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Football is a funny game, where players and fans alike explore various emotions, and go through highs and lows from minute to the next.

This is definitely looking to be the option for Tranmere Rovers, who have experienced a quite remarkable season in League Two after taking the National League by storm last time around.

After winning promotion via the National League play-offs last term, Micky Mellon’s side were looking to dust themselves and go again this time around, backed with a loyal fanbase and real momentum after their triumph at Wembley.

And, after forming a late push for promotion this term, the Birkenhead club followed in the mould of Bristol Rovers, and secured back-to-back promotions after defeating Newport County by a goal to nil in the League Two play-off final.

It has been a real team effort by Tranmere this season, but one man who has undoubtedly been their standout performer is James Norwood.

The 28-year-old scored 32 goals in 53 games in all competitions this season, and after ending up as the leading goalscorer in the EFL, he unsurprisingly won the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season award.

But after such a remarkable season, this feeling of jubilation could be set to end, with reports claiming that Norwood has agreed a three-year deal with League One side Ipswich Town.

This is terrible news for Tranmere – it’s rare to find a player who scores so many goals in one season, and the role that Norwood plays up front is integral to the way that Mellon likes his side to play.

Norwood leaving is bad enough, but leaving on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract at Prenton Park is even more of a kick in the teeth.

It was never going to be easy to replace Norwood if he left, but leaving for a hefty transfer fee would have made Mellon’s job of replacing his talisman in the summer slightly easier.

What looked to be a glorious end to the season for Tranmere, is slowly starting to change its tune, and their summer has been made a lot harder than it first set out to be.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Tranmere’s end-of-season euphoria may be cut short if latest report is to go by: Opinion

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