Norwich City's form in front of goal has been worrying but hopefully Emi Buendia's return can spark us back into life
Having somewhat stalled over the last few weeks, Daniel Farke will be looking to the return of Emi Buendia to reignite our promotion push.
A run of three games without a win has seen City relinquish top spot for the first time since early November, overtaken by Brentford.
Swansea, who of course ran out 2-0 winners in last Friday’s top-of-the-table clash, could also leapfrog the Canaries if they win their game in hand.
I don’t necessarily think we played poorly at the Liberty Stadium, but there can be few complaints about the result.
The key moments of the game were without doubt the two mistakes which led to the goals – including an uncharacteristic fumble from the ever-reliable Tim Krul – but that doesn’t dent my confidence in our defensive capabilities.
It is at the other end of the pitch where there is some cause for concern, with City having gone four games without a goal in all competitions. In truth, we haven’t been free scoring all season. At 5.7 per cent, our conversion rate is among the worst in the league. It’s taken 609 shots to reach 35 goals.
By way of comparison (prior to their game on Wednesday night), Brentford had scored 52 goals from their 503 shots (10.3 per cent), while Reading had scored 40 from 379 shots (10.6 per cent).
If we are going to look for mitigating circumstances, we have been missing key attacking players.
Across the four-game goalless spell, Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell and Buendia have been on the pitch at the same time for a combined total of 67 minutes.
Buendia has been banned for two games but is available for tomorrow’s visit of Stoke City. As I’ve said time and time again, for me the Argentine is the best player in the league – and his absence is always felt.
With the top of the table tightening up, it is important for City to get back on the right track.