Norwich City have completed their fourth first-team signing of the summer this week, announcing the arrival of Sam Byram from West Ham on a four-year deal.
The 25-year-old defender has joined the club from West Ham for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £750k.
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Byram has taken the number three shirt at Norwich, previously worn by James Husband, and will now link-up with his new teammates in Germany this week.
He could make his debut on Friday as Norwich face Schalke in a pre-season friendly, before returning to England to face Brentford, Luton, Atalanta and Toulouse before the Premier League campaign begins.
But, will the right-back be a good signing for Norwich? Here are four reasons why the former Leeds man will be a success in Norfolk…
With over 100 Championship appearances and 27 Premier League outings, Byram has a wealth of experience already under his belt. He knows what it takes to perform in the English top-flight, which could prove pivotal for Norwich next season.
At 25, Byram still has his best footballing years ahead of him. Players usually start to hit their prime between the ages of 26 and 28, so Byram has plenty of room to improve and develop as a player at Carrow Road.
Norwich have reportedly paid just £750k for Sam Byram. For a 25-year-old, English, defender from a fellow Premier League side, the fee is exceptional. Stuart Webber has pulled one out of the bag with this deal, especially when you see the likes of Matt Targett – who was poor for Southampton last season – go for £14m.
Added strength in depth
Norwich were always going to need to sign a right-back this summer. Before Byram’s arrival, Max Aarons was the only right-back at the club. The former Leeds man now adds much needed strength in depth to Daniel Farke’s Norwich squad.