Next six games are crucial for Canaries
With only one win from six games, it would be fair to say Norwich City have yet to hit the ground running this season.
The 1-1 draw at Ipswich which preceded the international break leaves City with an underwhelming five points from a possible 18.
Of course, with 40 fixtures still to play, the season is still very much in its infancy, but for me the next six games will define what is to come.
One of the Championship’s unofficial rules is to not look at the table until at least 10 games are played but, after the next six – which will take us up to the October international break – City will be more than a quarter of the way through the season.
First up tomorrow is the visit of high-flying Middlesbrough – the sort of game which could prove to be a turning point if City can pick up a victory.
We’ve seen flashes of what this team is capable of at Carrow Road – I think of the first half against West Brom – but it’s time to mix a strong performance with a win.
While I’m sure Daniel Farke won’t complain about having two weeks to work with the majority of his troops on the training ground, it’s a number of City’s international stars who have caught the eye.
None more so than Teemu Pukki, who will return to Norwich having scored the only goal in both of Finland’s Nations League fixtures against Hungary and Estonia.
On the subject of internationals, I was one of 16,000 to attend the England Under-21 international at Carrow Road last Thursday.
Despite England playing out a 0-0 draw with their Dutch opposition, the highlight of a pleasant evening was without doubt the return of James Maddison, who I thought put in a solid display.
One thing is for certain, City could do with a bit of Madders’ magic to light up this season.