When it comes to value for money, Norwich City has done amazingly well out of Grant Holt. The striker arrived at Carrow Road from Shrewsbury for just £400,000 in the summer of 2009.
The forward was signed by former Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn as someone that can score goals at League One level. This was based on an outstanding season he had at Shrewsbury when he scored 28 goals in all competitions, in the previous season.
On this occasion, Gunn's assessment proved to be spot on. Holt had an even better season at League One level the following season and scored 30 goals in all competitions. However, it should be noted that Gunn was sacked, and it was present Norwich City manager Paul Lambert that retrieved the best form out of Holt.
It was also Lambert that saw Holt's capability to deliver at a higher level. The striker had a slow start in the 2010/11 season, after Norwich had been promoted to the Championship. Nevertheless, it was not long before Holt proved himself.
The forward was amongst the leading goal-scorers in the Championship last season by scoring 21 league goals. Those goals played a crucial role in getting Norwich promoted to the Premier League.
However, despite the exploits of the striker at League One and Championship level, he was being written off by some sections of the media. Holt took a bit of time to adjust to the Premier League. However, once he adapted he made some sections of the media look a bit silly.
That theme continued on Saturday 11 February 2012, when he scored an impressive brace against Swansea City. The Swansea supporters had taunted Holt throughout the game for his weight. However, he responded by scoring two goals and then showing off his ripped body. Taking his shirt off cost Holt a yellow card, but it was worth it.
Grant Holt has now scored nine goals in the Premier League. Therefore, it will be fascinating to see how many more he can get. There are 13 games left in the league, could Holt grab six more goals to finish the season on 15 league goals?
The way that the forward is playing currently proves that Norwich City was right to turn down an offer in the January transfer window from Glasgow Rangers. The way he took his goals at Swansea shows that Holt fully approved of that decision. The player is clearly Norwich through and through.
James Kent is a Norwich City supporter and a big fan of Grant Holt. He still cannot get over seeing his team in the top eight of the Premier League.