Tony Andreu – comfortably the Canaries’ oldest player on show at Peterborough last night at the grand old age of 28 – was as impressive as any of his talented team-mates who were also given the opportunity to shine under the lesser lights of the Checkatrade Trophy.
While the importance of the hat-trick may be up for debate, the timing of it couldn’t have been more perfect.
With the transfer window slamming shut later this evening, the midfielder’s treble, and classy showing, may have done enough to at least alert the attention of other managers, if not his own, as he tries to reignite his career.
Only time will tell if that comes in the Championship under Alex Neil at Carrow Road, but Andreu showed he’s still got the knack of finding the net as clubs scramble to tie up some last-minute deals on deadline day.
The former Hamilton Academical man may have grabbed the headlines but he was far from alone in putting on an attacking masterclass full of electric pace and fluidity that the League One hosts couldn’t handle.
Josh Murphy netted a brace, James Maddison got in on the rout with a deflected drive and even frontman Carlton Morris, who didn’t register, showed his class as City ran riot.
The revamped English Football League competition may not have gone down a storm but City’s performance certainly did – once they’d weathered some early pressure.