The Media has reported this week that Norwich striker Grant Holt put in a transfer request this week at Norwich City, and has since had this request denied. He has since come under much criticism on social networks and in the media for being disloyal and being ‘dillusional’ to think he could move to a top Premiership team. Is this criticism valid?
One thing is indisputable, that the Norwich captain has been a wonderful servant for the Canaries since joining from Shrewsbury in July 2009 for a reported £40,000. He is a firm fan favourite and has won his third successive player of the year title this year.
Holt helped Norwich to the League One title in his firt season at the club, with 30 goals in 44 appearances. In his second season in the Championship he continued to score regularly and enabled Paul Lambert’s side to secure back to back promotions. His performances were rewarded ahead of Norwich’s Premiership campaign with a three year contract. In his first season in the Premier League he again shone, hitting 17 goals.
There are two main reasons I believe Holt has put in his transfer request. The first must be the disappointment at being left out of Roy Hodgson’s plans for Euro 2012. Holt was the second highest English goalscorer this season behind Wayne Rooney and perhaps he believes his omission was a direct consequence of the fact he plays for a perceived smaller club.
The second I believe is the speculation surrounding Norwich manager Paul Lambert. Lambert has become hot property after guiding the Canaries to twelfth place this season. Maybe Holt has decided Norwich’s survival in the Premiership will directly depend on whether Lambert stays at Carrow Road.
At 31 years old Holt’s career is coming into it’s final years. I would be very surprised if he landed a transfer to a top Premiership club. After all he is unproven at European football. However I do believe that he could be the difference between relegation and survival for a club with smaller resources.
According to a article in The Mail the two clubs primarily interested in obtaining the services of Holt are Sunderland and Aston Villa. These are definitely two clubs I believe Holt could really make a difference at. Interestingly the vacant managerial post at Villa is one of the positions Lambert has been linked to. Coincidence?
At the end of the day Holt’s performances this year will have generated interested from other clubs and perhaps he believes he is running out of time to secure a big money transfer. He is coming to the end of his career and maybe he wants a financially secure future for himself and his family. He has done a remarkable job at Norwich and I believe their fans should concentrate on this fact and not accusations of disloyalty.
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