Norwich City have been making eye-catching signings all summer and have a great chance of breaking into the Premier League top ten at a strikingly big price of 4/1.
The East Anglian side have started the season slowly, with a 2-2 draw at home to Everton followed by a 1-0 loss at Hull.
However, the Canaries began last season with a 5-0 reverse at Fulham and didn’t pick up maximum points in a league game until their 1-0 home win against Arsenal in the middle of October.
After that diabolical start, Hughton managed to steady the ship with a nine-game unbeaten run and eventually steered his side to 11th place – their best top-flight finish in two decades.
This summer, Norwich have looked to strengthen on the back of that success, with £8.5m signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon providing an immediate return on the club’s ample investment when heading the equaliser against Everton on the Premier League’s opening day.
The former Birmingham manager also won the race to sign Nathan Redmond from his old club and the winger was impressive when opening the scoring in England Under-21’s recent 6-0 thumping of Scotland.
Former Celtic forward Gary Hooper has also been added to the strikeforce along with ex-Bolton Wanderers goal-getter Johan Elmander, who has arrived on-loan from Turkish champions Galatasaray.
However, Hughton’s best bit of business this summer could prove to be the capture of combative midfielder Leroy Fer from Dutch side FC Twente.
Fer was all set to sign for Everton in January before the Merseyside club pulled out of an £8m deal after the player failed a medical.
Norwich had no such reservations and were happy to step in and sign the enforcer who, despite playing in a deep-lying role in Holland, still managed 13 goals in 52 league appearances for Twente.
With experienced cover also acquired at the back in the form of ex-Blackburn Rovers man Martin Olsson and former Manchester City full-back Javier Garrido, Norwich are undoubtedly stronger this season and may well reward their backers in the Premier League top ten stakes.