Norwich City playmaker Todd Cantwell will hopefully help Canaries build on first Premier League point of the season
It is a huge relief to write this week’s column on the back of something other than a Norwich City defeat. The Canaries picked up their first point of the season at Burnley last weekend, courtesy of a hard fought 0-0 draw.
The result also brought to an end an unwanted run of 16 straight Premier League defeats – a sequence which started with a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United in March 2020.
The performance at Turf Moor was exactly what was needed given the dismal start to the campaign.
It was gritty, determined and full of fight – something which has sadly been lacking to this point.
I have to admit, I thought we might struggle to deal with the physicality of Sean Dyche’s side, but we stood up to the test.
While the point finally gives us something to build upon, it would be naïve to think our catalogue of problems have been resolved.
The fact of the matter is after seven games we have one point and just two goals to our name.
It’s also worth noting that only one of those goals has come from open play, which speaks volumes about our lack of attacking threat.
It’s no surprise that both goals have come from the boots of Teemu Pukki – and our ability to create chances for the Finn will be a major factor in whether we can start picking up results. So far, he has been feeding on scraps.
I promised myself I would try not to mention him too much this season, but there is no doubt we are missing the magic of Emi Buendia.
In his absence, I was hoping Todd Cantwell would step up, but the midfielder has endured a difficult start to the campaign, missing the last few games for personal reasons.
There is no doubt in Cantwell’s ability – and with the 23-year-old now back in training, hopefully he’ll be fit and ready to hit the ground running after the international break and spark this season into life.