Farke delivers the unvarnished truth on scale of City’s Premier League quest
Cut us some slack is Daniel Farke’s plea, as Norwich City look to revive their flagging Premier League survival bid.
The Canaries prop up the rest ahead of Wednesday’s latest behind closed doors affair at Carrow Road against Everton (KO 6pm).
City’s head coach and players came in for stiff criticism following an abject 3-0 Southampton defeat that did nothing for their hopes of beating the drop.
“We have a bunch of younger lads and no players with experience in this league. You cannot just press a button,” said Farke. “It doesn’t mean we give up or have no chance but we have to keep this in mind.
“When I think about my starting line-up we had six academy products in the squad and on the pitch at the end.
“Timm Klose was my only outfield player with any real Premier League experience, and next to him Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis. All playing their first season in the Premier League.
“Tom Trybull, a free transfer who came here on a trial. Emi Buendia, we found him in the second tier in Spain. Todd Cantwell, first season in the Premier League.
“Teemu Pukki, labelled as too poor for the Scottish league, Josip Drmic, another free transfer and then you read Southampton don’t have the quality and it came down to they were better than us physically. Hang on a minute, Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse. These are proven players at this level.
“They signed a top class striker in Che Adams, who is on the bench at £15m. Since myself and Stuart (Webber) arrived we have not spent that on the whole squad.”
Trybull endured a tough shift alongside Kenny McLean but Farke insisted the composed German midfielder is his own biggest critic.
“Yes, he could have done better against the ball and Tom is always self-critical,” he said. “We all played a part in terms of not being solid enough in our defending. Tom must accept the criticism like all the players.
“I thought there was one or two situations when he lost the ball but overall he was good. He operates in the middle of the park and that is a pressurised situation.
“It was not an easy game for him to come back into the starting line up.”