Why Norwich City should quickly snap up free agent Mehdi Zeffane
Back in April, a report from the Pink Un had claimed that Norwich City were interested in signing Rennes full-back Mehdi Zeffane. However, no deal materialised during the summer window.
Mehdi Zeffane, 27, was released by Rennes at the end of the season. He made 20 appearances for the Ligue 1 club last season, scoring a goal. The French-born Algerian was never a regular in the first team and now that he is available on a free transfer, Norwich City should quickly snap him up.
Since the beginning of pre-season, Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has had little room to exercise or experiment with the lack of operators at his disposal due to niggling injuries, particularly in the defensive area of the pitch.
An abundance of injured players has left a thin squad seemingly threadbare, with the latest casualty being Jamal Lewis, who suffered an elbow injury after falling awkwardly in the Canaries’ defeat to Crystal Palace. Clearly, Farke’s squad is getting stretched after just seven games into the Premier League season.
Norwich would do well with a couple of defensive reinforcements in January but they cannot overlook Mehdi Zeffane’s availability as a free agent.
With Felix Passlack returning to Borussia Dortmund and Ivo Pinto joining Dinamo Zagreb after being released by the club, the Canaries have very limited options at full-back.
Add Lewis’ apparent broken elbow injury and that leaves Farke with Philip Heise as the only alternative at left-back. Thus, the Norfolk club should quickly snap up Zeffane.
Zeffane is capable of playing at right-back, left-back or in an advanced role as per the manager’s requirement. He has the experience of playing in European competition and given that Norwich look light in that area of the squad, this ticks a lot of boxes.
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A fast, sharp, agile and hardworking player noted for his high levels of stamina, uncompromised work rate and tenacity, the ex-Lyon man covers every blade of grass down the flanks and contributes equally to both the defence and the attack.
The Algerian international presents just the ideal option for Norwich and the acquisition of an experienced player on a free transfer would undoubtedly be a massive coup for Farke’s squad. Considering the Canaries’ current state of injuries in defence, snapping up Zeffane on a free transfer would be good business.