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Norwich City's senior players need to stand up as Premier League survival chances take another early season hit

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Even at this early stage of the season, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to argue the case for Norwich City’s survival chances.

The 3-1 defeat against Watford was the final nail in the coffin of any early season optimism, replaced by a fear that Daniel Farke’s side will once again be the Premier League’s whipping boys.

That feeling of trepidation was only heightened on Tuesday, when the Canaries were unceremoniously dumped out of the League Cup by a youthful Liverpool.

Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman
Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman

There is very little point of dwelling on two lacklustre performances other than to say at this moment in time we are falling significantly short of the standard required to compete at the top level.

That applies to both the players and the management team. On the pitch, tough times call for big characters and we need our leaders to stand up and be counted.

No-one more so than skipper Grant Hanley, whose poor early season form has perhaps epitomised our defensive struggles.

Keep conceding an average of nearly three goals a game and I would rate our chances of avoiding the drop at zero.

Admittedly, the early signs do look ominous, but what I will say – to try and inject some positivity into this column – is that there is still time to turn things around.

One win alters the landscape of the table, with the Canaries only three points behind 16th-placed Wolves.

But of course, it is not as straight-forward as that. In the Premier League, no team is going to gift us three points and we need to improve dramatically heading into back-to-back away games, at Everton and Burnley.

I’ve touched upon our defensive shortcomings, but the picture is equally as bleak at the other end of the pitch, where creativity has been desperately lacking.

We look unrecognisable from the team who achieved 97 points on the way to the Championship title last campaign – and it’s painful to see.

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