Championship side Norwich City have signalled their intent to bounce back from relegation with the signing of Liverpool’s Spain U19 winger Sergi Canos on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2.5 million.
The 19-year-old has the pedigree of being a former Barcelona youth player having emerged through the La Masia ranks and spent a spell on loan in 2015-16 at Brentford, where he notched seven goals in 39 appearances.
Canos rejected the offer of a new contract at Anfield, opting for a switch to the Carrow Road outfit hoping to make an immediate impact in the second tier for his new employers.
The Spanish winger will prove a well received boost for the Canaries after the blow of losing Nathan Redmond to Southampton. The club’s Scottish manager Alex Neil was certainly pleased to have secured Canos’ signature:
“We wanted to replace Nathan with someone exciting; someone who can dribble, can score goals and can provide assists.
“Hopefully Sergi can show everybody how good he can be.”
The recruitment of the Spaniard is not only a statement of intent for Norwich’s assault on the Championship, but also one of their desire to stay in the Premier League having gained a somewhat unwanted reputation as a yo-yo club in recent seasons. Indeed, compared to many across the Championship, Norwich can be considered a big club, and will feel a sense of belonging in the top tier.
For the East Anglia club, it is time to step up and show the footballing world that it can be a mainstay in the top flight, and stand on its own feet in a division which recently has proved a step too far.
This signing is an exciting one and indeed a step in the right direction, but the impact of the winger remains to be seen. He has big boots to fill at Norwich, but at a club that has enjoyed much success in the second tier, there is no reason to believe he will not do well.