Dean Ashton criticises Norwich City for deadline transfer business

Dean Ashton

Norwich City favourite Dean Ashton declared himself astonished that Bradley Johnson was sold to Derby County and was unimpressed Matt Jarvis was brought in from West Ham United.

Dean Ashton was largely critical of former club Norwich City's transfer deadline day business, however, did admit the capture of Dieumerci Mbokani was one that excited him - in messages posted on his Twitter account

The Canaries were one of the busiest clubs in the last hour of the transfer window, confirming the departure of the club's player of the season, Bradley Johnson, and the signings of Matt Jarvis and Mbokani on season-long loan deals. 

Supporters responded indifferently to their late transfer deals, and the former England striker was no different. 

Does Ashton have a point - have Norwich had a poor last day to the transfer window?

Ashton, who scored 18 goals in 46 games in a spell with Norwich between 2005 and 2006, was clearly unhappy with the decision by the club to sell Johnson to Championship side Derby County and was disillusioned by the signing of Jarvis. 

He does have some hope for the Dynamo Kiev frontman, but it remains to be seen whether he will cut it in the Premier League

Norwich fans will have hoped for better following their stylish play-off final win against Middlesbrough and can be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by their summer business when they should have been looking to push on. 

Alex Neil proved himself as an exciting manager in the Championship and will need to perform similar heroics if he is to keep the Norfolk-based side in the top flight this coming season. 

Critics will argue the club should have given themselves more of a chance by investing more in the transfer window, but spending money doesn't guarantee success either. 

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