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Norwich City are interested in signing VVV-Venlo striker Giorgos Giakoumakis this summer, according to TEAMtalk.
Giakoumakis is currently the leading goalscorer in the Eredivisie, having scored 24 goals in only 26 league appearances this term.
The 26-year-old has scored 27 goals in 29 games across all competitions, and is attracting plenty of interest ahead of the summer.
According to TEAMtalk, Norwich are keen on the Greek striker, and Brighton and Southampton have also been monitoring him in recent months.
Barring a catastrophe, Norwich will be back in the Premier League next season and could even win promotion this weekend, and Daniel Farke will be looking to add competition for leading goalscorer Teemu Pukki.
Here, we discuss the Canaries’ reported interest in the player…
Giorgos Giakoumakis certainly is a player that has been enjoying an excellent individual campaign this season and has been in prolific form for VVV-Venlo. He would therefore arrive at Carrow Road with a lot of belief and confidence and certainly seems to be a player that is worth considering for the Canaries as they plan for the Premier League next term.
Last season, the Canaries struggled for goals in the Premier League in games where Teemu Pukki was not in form. Daniel Farke had brought in Josip Drmić to try and play a supporting role and come into the side if their star forward got injured. However, that signing simply did not work out and he managed one goal in the league. They have to get a more reliable back-up option in this summer.
Giakoumakis has shown that he has the potential to be a reliable scorer with his form this season, but it would be a gamble for the Canaries to expect him to come in and adapt straight away to the Premier League. Norwich though are going to have to take a chance on someone you feel, given they do not have the funds to go out and get a guaranteed Premier League scorer.
Based on his form this season, you would say that Giakoumakis is worth a punt by Norwich but they will need to assess whether there are other options they could pursue before going all out for him.
What a signing this would be for Norwich City.
The Canaries have been hugely impressive so far this season but one area where they’ve potentially lacked depth is in attack.
Teemu Pukki is good but isn’t getting any younger, while Jordan Hugill is unlikely to thrive in the Premier League.
That’s why the goals of Giakoumakis could be key.
To score 27 goals in 29 appearances for VVV Venlo is just outstanding and providing he gets the right level of service it’s hard to see him being a flop at Carrow Road.
Norwich have the creativity to unlock his goalscoring potential and so I think that this would be a great move.
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This could be a smart move from Norwich but I don’t think it should be their top priority.
In Teemu Pukki, they already have a quality striker but signing some support and competition for him makes a lot of sense.
Giakoumakis’ qualities as a goalscorer are clear to see and he’s been in wonderful form this term but we’ve seen a fair few players dominate the Eredivisie and then struggle in the Premier League.
I don’t think the Canaries should be breaking the bank to sign him or anything like that.
For me, preparing to replace Emi Buendia should be their top priority.