It was revealed yesterday (11 June 2012) that Norwich City manager Chris Hughton will be expanding his search into Europe to find fresh talent for Premier League football next season. It is certainly very helpful that Ewan Chester is back at Carrow Road, and it will be interesting to see what the chief scout can find.
I think we can all agree that Norwich have done exceptionally well with the policy of recruiting talent from the lower leagues. But there aren't too many more gems to find and the ones that are left tend to be exceptionally expensive.
Therefore, it seems sensible for the club to expand their search to find the best possible value for money signings. Some people may take the view that Euro 2012 offers the ideal opportunity to scout for some top European players.
There will certainly be some players that will catch the eye in Poland and the Ukraine, but the problem is they will also catch the eye of other top European clubs. Norwich City is now looking for players that can perform at a high level in the Premier League. This is likely to mean that there will be plenty of competition for the top talent.
Euro 2012 is certainly worth keeping an eye on, but the Canaries may have better luck by targeting some players that are a little bit more unknown. The club may want to look at acquiring some players that haven't quite broken into the full international side yet. This should keep the price down and ensure that they are not yet that well known.
Looking around the Premier League it is obvious what a bit of foreign talent can do for a team. The Norwich City board has suggested that Paul Lambert was prepared to look in the foreign markets for players. Now, I'm sure that would have been the case eventually, but feel this summer he would have gone down a similar route with his recruitment.
It will be interesting to see how he will look to strengthen his Aston Villa team; the early speculation suggests signings from England. Therefore, I think the managerial change may have really benefitted Norwich City.
Chris Hughton has already proved his eye for foreign talent with the signings of Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa while he was the Newcastle United manager. So, Norwich fans can be confident that he will make the move and can separate the good from the bad.
After all, that can be the key when scouting the foreign market. Getting the right signings in can take you to the next level, but getting it wrong can be disastrous and could undo a lot of the hard work done in Norwich City's first season back in the Premier League. Therefore, they must tread extremely carefully.