It was great to see Dani Pacheco celebrating with his Norwich team mates yesterday as their 1-0 win over Portsmouth sealed promotion to the Premier League. Dani hasn’t had it all his own way since arriving from the Reds on loan. After contributing massively on his debut in a 6-0 win over Scunthorpe United, where he was afforded a standing ovation after being substituted, he has invariably been used as a sub as striker Simeon Jackson has hit red hot form.
After two hat-tricks in April against Scunthorpe and Derby County, Jackson scored the winning goal at Fratton Park which meant Paul Lambert’s side had succeeded in achieving two back to back promotions. Thoughts will now turn towards next season and the Canaries first season in the top light since 2005. City will not have that much money to spend and Lambert will surely look to free transfers, bargain deals, and most significantly loan signings to build a squad capable of staying in the Premier League.
At 20 years of age, Pacheco is getting to a point in his career where he needs to be playing regular first team football. It was very hard to get a consistent level when you having to feed off scraps of occasional substitute appearances, and with the likelihood that the Reds will be bringing in more depth to the squad this summer, first team opportunities for the Spaniard could be very limited indeed.
The solution will certainly be to send the player out on loan once again. If we want him to develop his game to play in the Premier League though, it would be self defeating sending him out on loan to Spain where the style is significantly different and less physically demanding. What would most probably happen anyway is that he would want a permanent move back home after having a spell on loan. The best thing for the Reds is to be able to give him a chance to play in the Premier League, and the promotion of Norwich City gives the Reds an ideal opportunity.
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