We’ve heard very little of former NUFC defender Grant Hanley since he left the club last year, however Norwich fans are absolutely loving him – with the no nonsense centre-back fast becoming a ‘Norwich legend’ after his ‘phenomenal’ displays this season.
As we know, he was signed by Benitez ahead of our 2016/17 Championship season, but to say he was used sparingly is an understatement given his £6m fee, with him featuring in just 10 league games out of a possible 46.
The ex-Blackburn defender joined Norwich in the summer for £3.5m and it hasn’t taken him long to become a big hit with Canary fans.
His no nonsense style, solid defending and superb assist in the recent East Anglian derby are just a few reasons why Norwich fans are calling him their ‘signing of the season’.
Here’s a few interesting tweets from Norwich fans in support of the centre-back – with one even claiming it’s Newcastle’s loss to have sold him so soon:
— Ewan Wilson (@ewanwilson99) February 4, 2018
— TalkNorwichCity (@TalkNorwichCity) February 18, 2018
To sum up the first half. Hanley is fast becoming a Norwich legend. That's about it. #NCFC
— 𝕵𝖆𝖒𝖎𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝕹𝖔𝖗𝖜𝖎𝖈𝖍 (@norwichjamie) March 6, 2018
— magoo 🇪🇺 (@mag0o00) February 18, 2018
Terrible second half. Conkers. But how bloody good is Grant Hanley. Proper hard brexit footballer. #ncfc
— Norwich Curry Club (@NorwichCurry) February 24, 2018
Just give Hanley the captaincy for the next 5 years. Simple as that. #ncfc
— Simon Mann (@manno_88) February 19, 2018
Big praise from the Norwich City fans, who clearly hold the former NUFC centre-back in high regard already despite them enduring a struggling season by their standards (currently 14th).
He was always going to be a solid Championship defender, so his success at Norwich is no surprise to me, however I suspect Newcastle and Rafa Benitez felt he may have struggled with the pace of the Premier League.
Were we right to let him go so soon? I think so, but let us know your thoughts folks!