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Player ratings: Plenty of room for improvement but still some positive stories at City

PUBLISHED: 14:04 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:04 09 November 2017

Timm Klose is the highest rated player in the pinkun.com fan ratings. 
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Timm Klose is the highest rated player in the pinkun.com fan ratings. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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As Canaries fans draw breath after a hectic opening three months of the season, David Freezer looks back on the performances of the Norwich players.

Christoph Zimmermann has featured in every City game so far this season. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Christoph Zimmermann has featured in every City game so far this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

After a busy summer of change on and off the pitch at Norwich City, there has been plenty for supporters to assess during the opening months of the season.

Twenty games into the campaign Daniel Farke’s team sit 13th in the Championship table, four points adrift of the play-offs.

We’ve taken a look at the 22 players to play a part in that effort so far, as well as the run to the fourth round of the League Cup, brought to an end by Arsenal in front of 8,800 travelling City fans.

Here’s how the Canaries players have measured up so far...

GOALKEEPERS

Angus Gunn

Played: 19

Conceded: 25

Angus Gunn is the only City player to have played every minute of City's league campaign. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Angus Gunn is the only City player to have played every minute of City's league campaign. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Pinkun.com fans rating: 6.8

The Manchester City loanee has kept a joint league best of seven clean sheets, thanks to a club-record run of five consecutive shut-outs. Our rating: 7.5

Michael McGovern

Played: 1

Conceded: 1

Fans rating: 6

Played in the 4-1 home win over Charlton in the League Cup but otherwise just a substitute. 6

DEFENDERS

Ivo Pinto

Played: 17

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 6.8

Taken on the captain’s armband admirably, plenty of willing with improved defensive strength. 6.5

Russell Martin

Played: 5 (2)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 5

Dropped after the heavy defeats at Villa and Millwall, before injury and illness kept him out. 5

Timm Klose

Played: 13

Goals: 1

Fans rating: 7.2

Return from pre-season injury sparked club-record five clean sheets and an eight-game unbeaten run. 7.5

Christoph Zimmermann

Played: 17 (3)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 6.5

The only player to feature in every game. Has stepped up admirably, with the odd slip. 7

Grant Hanley

Played: 1 (4)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 6.5

Little chance to show what he can do so far. 6

Marcel Franke

Played: 7 (1)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 5.6

Also dropped after the Villa and Millwall debacles. 5.5

James Husband

Played: 12 (4)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 6

Improved steadily but poor in recent loss to Wolves. 6

Marco Stiepermann

Played: 9 (7)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 6.4

Tough and determined. A few flashes of real class. 6.5

MIDFIELDERS

Harrison Reed

Played: 14 (1)

Goals: 1

Fans rating: 6.4

Southampton loanee is clearly good on the ball but struggles with physical battles. 6.5

Tom Trybull

Played: 13 (1)

Goals: 1

Fans rating: 7.1

Burst onto the scene before heavy load caught up with him mentally and physically. 7

Alex Tettey

Played: 6 (2)

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 6.6

Key part of upturn in form, highlighted by recent absence. 7

Mario Vrancic

Played: 12 (2)

Goals: 2

Fans rating: 5.9

Clear ability but ponderous and slow to get stuck in. 6

James Maddison

Played: 16 (1)

Goals: 4

Fans rating: 7.1

Star of the show, winners at Middlesbrough and Ipswich to earn England U21 call-up. 7.5

Wes Hoolahan

Played: 10 (6)

Goals: 1

Fans rating: 6.5

Legs are slowing at 35 years old but worked hard for the cause. 6.5

Josh Murphy

Played: 14 (3)

Goals: 6

Fans rating: 6.3

Four goals in the League Cup but struggled to impose consistent threat in the league. 6.5

Yanic Wildschut

Played: 7 (9)

Goals: 1

Fans rating: 6.6

Strong running and scored the winner at Sheffield United but final ball is often poor. 6.5

FORWARDS

Cameron Jerome

Played: 12 (3)

Goals: 2

Fans rating: 6.3

No-one doubts his work-rate but lack of goal threat has become painfully obvious. 6

Nelson Oliveira

Played: 5 (6)

Goals: 5

Fans rating: 7

Injury problems have disrupted fine form which earned a Portugal recall. 7

Marley Watkins

Played: 7 (6)

Goals: 1

Fans rating: 6.1

Struggled to make a real impact, best position still unclear. 6

Steven Naismith

Played: 3

Goals: 0

Fans rating: 5.3

Injury victim. 5

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