Norwich City column: Edward Seaman sees no reason to panic after failing to impress against Liverpool and Manchester City while he would welcome addition of Brandon Williams
Norwich City’s return to the Premier League has been quite the baptism of fire.
In just 180 minutes, the Canaries have conceded nearly a quarter of the number of goals (eight) that they did in the entirety of last season’s 46-game title winning campaign (36).
Admittedly, the fixture computer could hardly have been less generous.
In Liverpool and Manchester City, we have faced up against two sides packed with world-class talent – and with a financial clout on a whole different planet to that at our disposal.
It’s always difficult after a 5-0 defeat, but it’s important not to lose sight of the fact our season will not be defined by results against the so-called ‘big six’.
It’s fixtures against those in and around us that will be crucial if we want to achieve our aim of avoiding the drop.
That’s not to say we can’t be critical of performances against the top sides.
While Man City have the ability to dismantle any side, you can’t hide from the fact we made it far too easy for Pep Guardiola’s men.
I gave credit to Dimitris Giannoulis for his performance against Liverpool last week, but the Greek international had a torrid time at the Etihad, before being hauled off at half-time.
I have no doubt the 25-year-old will bounce back from the experience, but he will soon face competition from Brandon Williams, with the young Manchester United full back expected to arrive on loan in the coming days (at the time of writing).
Williams is a player highly rated by the Old Trafford hierarchy – and at 20-years-old, has already made 50 senior appearances in all competitions.
As with Billy Gilmour, Williams will be desperate to show his parent club that he is ready for regular first-team action, and hopefully we will reap the benefits of that over the coming months.
Whether its Williams or Giannoulis in the side, our back four will be in for another severe examination this weekend, with Leicester City the visitors to Carrow Road.