Eat, Sleep, Drink Norwich City: A clear vision looks to be finally in place for the Canaries
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 August 2017
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The pendulum feels like it has swung swiftly towards optimism and excitement as the season accelerates towards the curtain raiser at Craven Cottage.
What has been radically observed is the hackneyed and polished recruitment system spearheaded by Stuart Webber. Since his arrival from Huddersfield, Webber has been brutally honest and displayed leadership qualities which have been lacking in the previous regime, according to some supporters.
For Norwich City, revolution, not evolution has been order of the summer, with the club looking to re-invent itself in order to achieve success and ultimately return to the lucrative Premier League. Webber’s appointment of Daniel Farke, who he plucked from the obscurity of the German fourth tier, is evidently his boldest decision to date.
The aforementioned recruitment policy has been greeted with optimism and felicity from Norwich fans, Webber has delivered a superficially more structured and rehearsed recruitment policy. Whilst every target seemed to take a substantial amount of time to be pulled over the dotted line, Webber has already sanctioned the arrivals of seven players almost effortlessly.
What’s evident is that Webber swaggered into Colney with an open mind but a clear vision of how to progress this club and enhance its prosperity whilst retaining its creativity. The fans witnessed what appeared to be an imbalanced club fixated by a method which wasn’t working. Change had to happen.
The enhanced recruitment policy has seen the arrival of players who seemingly fit into a system, a philosophy which has been conjured up by Farke and his backroom team. Previously, Norwich pumped millions into signing players who, arguably, have failed to fit into a clear method of playing. Norwich became disjointed and uncoordinated on the pitch.
Angus Gunn seems to marry with the sweeper keeper looking to be deployed by Farke. Despite the romantic narrative behind his arrival, Gunn appears to complement his strong hands and physicality with a deft first touch and ball playing skills. The combination of these goalkeeping and technical skills will make Norwich’s fluid system more cohesive.
James Husband ticks the criteria of being a young, energetic and athletic full-back. Despite Norwich’s full-backs being more balanced in regards to attack and defence, Husband will be given the licence to exploit the thirds of the pitch in possession but be part of the quartet helping to solidify the defensive side of the game.
Marcel Franke is perhaps more of an unknown quantity. Despite his rave reviews from his homeland, the adaptation to the Championship can be gruelling and Franke only needs to chat with Timm Klose to find how tough that transition can be. Franke is a technical player in principle but hopefully his defensive elements marry with these ball-playing qualities.
Christoph Zimmermann joined his head coach from Dortmund II and swapped it for Norfolk. Zimmerman brings evident physicality and leadership which has been noticed from his abundance of minutes from pre-season. Have Norwich unearthed a gem?
Mario Vrancic, a Bosnian refugee applying his trade in Darmstadt prior to Norfolk, operates in the central phase of the pitch. A wand of a left foot and a wonderful hair cut, Vrancic has oozed class in his opening minutes as a Canary.
If pace was needed at Norwich City, Marley Watkins brings it in buckets. The Welsh wing wizard will create one-v-one situations with full backs and use his pace to penetrate teams and add another dimension to City’s offensive play.
Finally, Harrison Reed, a terrier of a midfielder looking to flourish under a year of senior team football in Norfolk. Technical ability and grit, Reed will act as the protection blanket obtaining a primarily defensive position off the ball but also looking to be the transitional player who dictates the ball and looks to move it into other thirds of the pitch.