Concern over league form carrying over for Yellows
Beyond local bragging rights, the importance of Sunday’s East Anglian Derby should not be underplayed for Norwich City – and for the future of Daniel Farke.
After last weekend’s mauling by Leeds United, the Canaries could well find themselves in the bottom three – alongside their Suffolk rivals – by the time kick-off arrives.
The season is still very much in its infancy, but the club’s long-term form makes for uncomfortable reading – and starts to leave question marks over whether Farke is the right man to take the club forward.
The defeat on Saturday means Norwich have won just four of their last 21 Championship matches, stretching back to last season: relegation form.
In his defence, Farke has had to oversee the sales of Alex Pritchard, James Maddison and Josh Murphy during that period – but there he is still failing to get the best out of his squad.
Even if the pressure is beginning to grow, on Sunday afternoon Farke will have the unwavering support of the 2,000 City fans heading to Suffolk – looking to pile more derby day misery on East Anglia’s second club.
I think Ipswich are going about their business in the right way with a young manager signing up-and-coming players – but with the sales of Martyn Waghorn and Joey Garner, their start to the season suggests they have gone for too much, too soon.
From a City perspective, Tuesday’s impressive win at Cardiff, for what was effectively a ‘B’ team, must leave a number of selection headaches. While I would expect Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki to retain their places, a brace for Dennis Srbeny against a Premier League side will do wonders for his confidence.
With a two-week break following the derby, Sunday’s result may well have a big say in the direction this season heads.