Totally Buzzed is previewing every single Premier League team ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign and now it is the turn of Norwich City.
How last season went:
Norwich once again rebounded from Premier League relegation in the best possible way by finishing 1st in the Championship in order to not only lift some silverware but secure their immediate return to the top-flight. Daniel Farke’s side finished their latest title-winning campaign with 97 points, which meant that they finished a notable six points clear of second-placed Watford. As for other competitions, the Canaries didn’t cover themselves in much glory, with it being clear that their priority was doing well in the league. Fellow Championship side Luton Town defeated Norwich City 3-1 at Kennilworth Road to eliminate them in the first round of the EFL Cup and Barnsley defeated the Canaries 1-0 to oust them from the FA Cup in the fourth round of the tournament.
Norwich City’s Championship Stats – 2020/21:
Norwich City Player Stats – 2020/21:
Top Scorer Across All Competitions: Teemu Pukki – 26 goals in 42 games (0.68 goals per 90minutes, 133 minutes per goal)
Top Scorer – Championship Only: Pukki – 26 goals in 41 matches (133 minutes per goal)
Most Assists Across All Competitions: Emiliano Buendia – 16 assists in 41 appearances (2.66 chances created per 90minutes)
Most Assists – Championship: Buendia -16 assists in 39 outings
Most Tackles Per Game (On Average) – Championship Only: Buendia (2.4 per match)
Most Minutes Played Across Championship Fixtures – Top 3:
- Max Aarons – 4049 minutes 2.Oliver Skipp – 3863 minutes 3.Grant Hanley – 3780 minutes
1st five league fixtures:
Liverpool (H): Liverpool comfortably did the double over Norwich City in the 2019-20 season, the last time the Canaries were in the Premier League, as they recorded a 4-1 victory at Anfield before bagging a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road.
Manchester City (A): Norwich memorably defeated Man City 3-2 at Carrow Road during the 2019-20 season, however, Guardiola’s side did get revenge before the 2019-20 campaign ended as they thrashed Daniel Farke’s side 5-0 when hosting them at the Etihad.
Leicester City (H): Norwich took all three points the last time they faced Leicester City in the Premier League, with Jamal Lewis scoring the only goal in their February 2020 clash at Carrow Road. In fact, Leicester didn’t rack up a win against the Canaries in the 2019-20 campaign, despite Farke’s side struggling to hold on to their top-flight’s status, as their match at the King Power Stadium ended as a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal (A): The newly promoted Norwich City didn’t fare well the last time they played the Gunners with them suffering a 4-0 defeat in July 2020 at the hands of the London club. However, it’s worth noting Daniel Farke’s side did achieve a 2-2 draw when hosting Arsenal at Carrow Road during that same campaign.
Watford (H): Despite Norwich finishing above them in the league last season, the Hornets got the better of Farke’s men on the two occasions they clashed. The Hornets racked up a narrow 1-0 win at Vicarage Road in December, before repeating that result at Carrow Road in April.
Norwich City Fan Perspective: Martin (@Klobo15 – Twitter)
Best Player: If you’d asked me 2 months ago, it would obviously have been Buendia, but it’s time for new heroes and all that! Therefore I’ll go for Tim Krul. He is a massive leader and influence in the team and has been an experienced head in what has at times been a relatively young backline in recent years. We always look more secure when he is between the sticks and his penalty saving is now legendary.
Promising youngster: It’s got to be Max Aarons. Over 120 games for the club and still just 21. For someone so young, his consistency is remarkable and for that reason, it’s no surprise that every big club in Europe are being linked. Our young centre-back Andrew Omobamidele should also get a mention. 19-years-old and got a run of games at the tail end of last season due to injuries. He may have a fight on his hands for a starting place in the Premier League but he plays with the calmness and composure of someone far more experienced.
Likely to surprise people: I’m clinging to the hope that Przemyslaw Placheta comes good. He has pace to burn and works himself into some great positions around the box, but his final delivery can often be somewhat frustrating. After a year of settling into English football and under Farke’s guidance, I still believe there is a player who will come good!
Thoughts on the manager: I think Farke’s record speaks for itself. His first season in charge was tough. James Maddison and other ‘crown jewels’ were sold from under him, and in that season and much of the next he was forced to work with free transfers, loans, as well as unknown gambles from the lower leagues of Europe. Despite that, he took a bunch of kids and misfits and created a team and a style of football that is an absolute joy to watch. Many Norwich fans older than I will tell you it is the best football we have ever played. Again, the limitations of our budget meant we were woefully unprepared for the Premier League last time around, which wasn’t his fault – but he deserves massive credit for rebuilding the squad and winning a second Championship title in 3 seasons. Excited to see what he can do with a higher standard of players.
Worried About/Weakness of squad: There are probably two areas of concern. The first is centre-back. Injuries have been a major issue for a few seasons now and I think last time out in the Premier League we had about eight different centre-back partnerships throughout the season, which wasn’t ideal. Striker is the other. We put so much reliance on Teemu Pukki and whilst he showed in the first half of our last Premier League season that he is up to it, we do struggle when he is injured or not on top form.
Dream Transfer: I heard Lionel Messi is available on a free?
Realistic Transfer: It’s always so hard to come up with targets for us because we never go for the obvious. It will always be some complete unknown from left field. Saying that Philip Billing is a name that has been mentioned, and someone who could add to our midfield.
Player you fear leaving: As I mentioned before, I think Aarons is the obvious one that will likely leave at some point over the next 12 months. Young Bali Mumba has shown that he has the potential to be his longer-term successor, but I’m unsure if he is ready to jump in with the same consistency right now.
League Expectation: It sounds like a cliche, but it has to be 17th. If you offer me that right now, I don’t care if it’s staying up on goal difference, goals scored, or alphabetical order, I’d bite your hand off!
League Prediction: 16th.
Biggest Rival This Season/Love It If We Beat them: Given our only real rivals will be busy entertaining the likes of Cambridge and Wycombe this season, there isn’t really a rival we must beat as such. Having pipped them to the League 1 title in 2010 and Championship title a couple of years ago, there always seems to be a friendly ‘rivalry’ with Leeds, so I’ll say them.
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