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Norwich City column: Canaries struggling to cope with Josh Sargent absence as Ed Seaman reflects on Leicester City defeat

In all honesty, there is no great disgrace in losing to Leicester City.

Even at this early stage of the season, the Foxes look very capable of not only winning promotion, but doing so at a canter.

They possess a team full of Premier League quality and have a style of play that will suffocate most teams at this level - as it did to us on Wednesday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Ed Seaman reacts to Norwich’s midweek defeat to Leicester City
Ed Seaman reacts to Norwich’s midweek defeat to Leicester City

However, the big disappointment for me was the performance, particularly in the first-half.

I don’t want to put it solely down to the absence of Josh Sargent, but it is abundantly clear he is a massive miss for David Wagner’s side.

I wrote a few weeks ago that it was time for Adam Idah to step up and make the number nine spot his own - but the fact he has already been left out of the team speaks volumes for his performances since then.

Likewise, Ashley Barnes has struggled without his sidekick.

In all honesty I thought it was the wrong call for him to lead the line alone against a possession-hungry side like Leicester.

His inability to run the channels made it really difficult for us to find an out ball and relieve some of the pressure.

And then there is Ui-jo Hwang. I will not judge the South Korean on two substitute appearances, but he is yet to make any sort of impact.

The truth of it is, someone needs to step up and fill the void left by Sargent.

We’ll be lucky to see the USA international this side of Christmas and there is a lot of football to be played between now and then.

Sadly, it looks like Barnes may be joining him in the treatment room for some while, after picking up a knee injury against the Foxes.

That leaves Idah and Hwang. It will be fascinating to see who is handed a starting role against Plymouth on Saturday (3pm).

After the disappointment of Wednesday night, three points would be a welcome tonic.

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