Stuart Webber certainly made his presence felt when he was appointed as Norwich City’s new director of football in April.
The transfer guru, whose knowledge of the market and eye for a bargain turned Huddersfield Town from mid-table fodder to Premier League newcomers, wasted no time in presiding over a clear out of Norwich’s biggest names and most experienced players.
Out went John Ruddy, Steven Whittaker and Michael Turner, all released from Carrow Road, but the decision to dispense with Graham Dorrans proved a little more contentious.
After all, the Scotland international scored six league goals from midfield in an injury hit season and joined boyhood club Rangers for just £1.3 million, per Sky Sports – far less than the £4 million Norwich paid West Brom for his signature in 2015.
However, with results improving after a disastrous start to the season under new head coach Daniel Farke, any lingering concerns over Dorrans’ departure are being washed away by the increasingly impressive performances of his replacement – German midfielder Tom Trybull.
Not bad for a freebie
The Canaries are the 24-year-old’s fifth different club since 2014 and it remains to be seen how long he will stick around in Anglia either after signing a one-year contract following his exit from Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag.
However, Trybull is already looking at home in Norwich colours, providing real class in the centre of the park. He was arguably the best player on the pitch in the impressive 3-1 EFL Cup win at Brentford on Tuesday night, setting up Josh Murphy’s goal with an exquisite through ball.
And he looked a cut above in Saturday’s 1-0 league victory against Sheffield United too. Not bad for a free agent.
Webber’s successful spell at Huddersfield will be remembered for his intelligent acquisition of under-the-radar German talent and Trybull is looking like his most inspired signing so far at Norwich.