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Survey results: Can Mario Vrancic live up to his pre-season expectations at Norwich City?

Big things were expected of summer signings Mario Vrancic, left, and Marley Watkins ahead of this season. 
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Big things were expected of summer signings Mario Vrancic, left, and Marley Watkins ahead of this season. Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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As the Canaries enjoy a break from Championship action, DAVID FREEZER looks back on the predictions of City fans in our survey ahead of the season’s kick-off.

Just 1pc of voters backed Wolves to win the title but they currently top the table. Just 1pc of voters backed Wolves to win the title but they currently top the table.

He was the player that Norwich City supporters were most excited about at the start of the season but Mario Vrancic is yet to live up to his billing.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international midfielder was the first player the Canaries paid a fee for during the early stages of a hectic summer of change at Carrow Road.

Signed from German side Darmstadt for a reported £650,000 soon after the opening of the transfer window, the 28-year-old was showing clear flashes of his capabilities during pre-season for Daniel Farke’s side.

In our pre-season poll at pinkun.com, which just short of 3,000 City supporters took part in, it was Vrancic who topped our question about the additions to Daniel Farke’s squad.

Midfielder Jonny Howson was the player Canaries fans expected to miss the most. Midfielder Jonny Howson was the player Canaries fans expected to miss the most.

Which new signing are you most looking forward to see play?

Mario Vrancic 52pc

Marley Watkins 19pc

Harrison Reed 12pc

A season of highs and lows, such as Nelson Oliveira's late equaliser against Hull, places Norwich 13th in the table currently. A season of highs and lows, such as Nelson Oliveira's late equaliser against Hull, places Norwich 13th in the table currently.

Angus Gunn 7pc

Christoph Zimmermann 6pc

Marcel Franke 2pc

James Husband 1pc

What lies ahead during Daniel farke's first season in charge at Norwich? What lies ahead during Daniel farke's first season in charge at Norwich?

Yet those flashes of quality are yet to become consistent contributions to the Canaries cause for the stylish midfielder.

Two goals, both in the 3-1 League Cup win at Brentford, in 12 starts and two appearances as a substitute have seen a player who was playing in the Bundesliga last season struggle to find his feet.

Adjusting to the demands of English football can take time but if Vrancic can’t add defensive urgency and quicker passing to his repertoire then his average rating of 5.9 out of 10 in the fan ratings at pinkun.com looks unlikely to change.

So how are those predictions from our pre-season survey measuring up in other areas?

Where do you think Norwich City will finish this season?

Champions 6pc

Runners-up 11pc

Play-off winners 9pc

Top six 48pc

Mid-table 24pc

Lower half outside the relegation zone 2pc

Relegated 0pc

With Daniel Farke’s team currently sitting 13th and four points adrift of the play-offs following three consecutive defeats, the 48 percent who voted for a place in the top six are still in with a shout of being proved correct.

Of course with two thirds of the season still to play anything could still happen.

After 16 games of the 2014-15 season City were seventh on 26 points, just one adrift of the top six. They eventually finished third and won promotion in the Wembley play-off final.

Last season they were fifth on 27 points but fell to eighth and 10 points short of the play-off pace.

Which team will win the Championship?

Middlesbrough 55pc

Aston Villa 16pc

Fulham 10pc

Norwich City 8pc

Sheffield Wednesday 3pc

Sunderland 2pc

Other 2pc

Derby County 1pc

Hull 1pc

Reading 1pc

Wolves 1pc

Leeds 0pc

Just 1pc of voters predicted Wolves would win the title but the big-spenders are sitting pretty at the top of the pile at the moment.

Just two points behind them are one of the promoted sides, Sheffield United, who we didn’t even put forward as an option. Bravo to those of you who voted ‘other’ and were clearly in the know.

• The other results of our pre-season survey can be seen below, with an updated version featuring fresh questions above

Which position does Daniel Farke need to strengthen the most?

Centre-back 42pc

Striker 30pc

Defensive midfielder 11pc

Which summer exit will you miss the most?

Jonny Howson 54pc

Jacob Murphy 33pc

John Ruddy 10pc

Graham Dorrans 2pc

Ryan Bennett 1pc

Are you happy with the direction the board have taken the club with the new structure?

Very happy 55pc

Still unsure 38pc

Worried 5pc

Very unhappy 2pc

Where do you think the club will be in five years time?

Yo-yo club 53pc

Settled in the Premier League 26pc

Stuck in the Championship 20pc

Lower than the Championship 1pc

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