Progression is a must to retain faith of supporters
The Canaries kick-off the 2018/19 season with a trip to Birmingham tomorrow – and Daniel Farke’s team will look somewhat different to that which was humbled by Sheffield Wednesday 89 days ago.
James Maddison and Josh Murphy have secured moves to the Premier League, while Angus Gunn and Harrison Reed both departed following the end of productive loan spells. That’s not to mention the void left by Wes Hoolahan.
And with Nelson Oliveira set to join the list – that’s 31 of City’s 49 goals out of the door; as well as our two best, most consistent performers in Maddison and Gunn.
Perhaps it is not a surprise that we aren’t fancied by the bookies – but quite frankly, who cares?
I have been impressed by the club’s recruitment and feel we are in a better position than 12 months ago.
Ensuring the return of Moritz Leitner is something of a coup; as is the loan arrival of Felix Passlackand and signing of Tim Krul.
But following City’s struggles in front of goal last season, success this time around will hinge on whether City have found the recipe to improve in that department.
Despite his own issues over the last 18 months, I am delighted Jordan Rhodes has joined the club – and feel he could be the key.
Rhodes is a real poacher, a striker who prefers to play facing the goal, with a plethora of experience and an excellent goal ratio at this level.
Of course, Rhodes and fellow new striker TeemuPukki will need the supply – something which will fall to wide-man Ben Marshall and playmaker Emi Buendia.
So with the pre-season sparring over, it’s time for City to step back into the Championship ring.
While I’m not going to make any pre-season predictions, Farke’s Norwich need to show progression to keep the fans on board.