Football Season Guide

Norwich City


Ralf Fahrmann (gk) Schalke – on loan; Sam Byram (def) West Ham; Patrick Roberts (mid) Man City – on loan; Daniel Adshead (mid) Rochdale; Josip Drmic (att) Borussia M’gladbach;


Felix Passlack (sp) (def) Borussia Dortmund – end of loan; Marcel Franke (sp) (def) Hannover; Ivo Pinto (sp) (def) Dinamo Zagreb; Nelson Oliveira (sp) (att) AEK Athens; Matt Jarvis (mid) released; Steven Naismith (att) released; Yanic Wildshut (mid) Maccabi Haifa; Tristan Abrahams (att) Newport County; Rocky Bushiri (def) Blackpool – on loan; James Husband (def) Blackpool – on loan; Sean Raggett (def) Portsmouth – on loan; Josh Coley (mid) Dunfermline – on loan; Carlton Morris (att) Rotherham – on loan;

Norwich were very convincing champions of the Second Tier last season. With their German manager, many technically gifted players and some great support at home, Norwich are playing some pleasant to watch and modern counter-pressing football. Coach Farke believes in his methods and most importantly the players also trust his decisions. With no regulars leaving this summer Norwich didn’t overspend, and the few new signings made were carefully selected. Goalkeeper Fahrmann and striker Drmic arrive from the Bundesliga to bring some experience at both ends of the pitch, while the extension of Roberts’s loan was very pleasing for the gaffer as the aggressive winger is used a lot down both flanks. Norwich have 10 German players in their ranks at the minute, which helps Farke to use the tactics he has learnt so well to utilise during his understudy years back in the Bundesliga. Many compare Norwich to a German club, or Liverpool, and the high intensity and exemplary workload from everyone involved are never in doubt. Using lots of penetrating passes and also overlapping runs makes Norwich hard to contain. There were defensive issues last season though, and only if the back line shows much more will the Canaries will be able to generate enough wins. In all other areas of the pitch Norwich look solid, but the concerns about their defence are major, especially if no new defenders are signed in the few days left of the transfer window.


Aim is to establish in the top flight and despite that not likely to be easy, the Canaries should be able to just about survive.