There's no panic at Norwich, so there'll be no panic buying either
There will be no panic buying at Carrow Road this month simply because there is nothing to panic about.
Working on the basis that 40 points ensures Barclays Premier League survival, Norwich are now just four wins away from reserving a seat at the top table again.
Manager Paul Lambert has said that he does not plan to be particularly active in the transfer market, a strategy endorsed by goalkeeper John Ruddy, who believes that there is enough quality in the squad to get the job done.
Agreed: John Ruddy backs his manager's transfer policy
Not that Norwich are sitting on their laurels, even if beating West Brom 2-1 on Saturday means they are now handily placed in ninth.
The spectre of Blackpool’s dramatic collapse in the second half of the season has made sure of that.
‘It showed how much things can turn around,’ admitted Ruddy, who showed his worth with some crucial saves. ‘If you haven’t got the mentality and you get ahead of yourselves then you’re going to stumble.
‘We’re fortunate enough to have the belief in this squad that we won’t get ahead of ourselves.
‘Everybody talks about the 40-point mark. We’re only 12 points off that now and four wins from 17 games will do the job. ‘We’re confident that if we keep playing like this we’ll get to that mark sooner rather than later.
‘I think we’ve got enough in the squad to stay up if we don’t manage to bring anyone in.’
Boss: Paul Lambert will not spend unnecessary cash
Success: Norwich have done better than West Brom this season
Norwich are now unbeaten in their last four away games after a counter-attacking master show at The Hawthorns.
Andrew Surman scored just before half-time, Shane Long equalised from the penalty spot before Steve Morison snatched a late winner.
West Brom are six points behind Norwich and have lost seven League matches at home this season – a big worry for manager Roy Hodgson.
Unlike Lambert, he does need to strengthen this month. Injuries to Zoltan Gera, Chris Brunt, Steven Reid and Jonas Olsson have hit hard.
Striker Shane Long, who was an instant threat during his brief cameo appearance, is struggling with a back problem which requires jabs before a game.
He admitted: ‘We knew they were good on the break and that they suck you in and we were ready for it but the two goals still came from it.
‘We are playing good football but it’s just not clicking for us. If we continue to play our football the way that we are, then the luck will start going our way.’
Owner Jeremy Peace did not hesitate to dispense with Roberto di Matteo last season and Hodgson’s record is identical.
A few weeks ago the talk was about a new contract with Hodgson’s current deal running out in the summer. A hush has settled on The Hawthorns since then.