Farke is ‘totally convinced’ Canaries can improve during summer transfer window
PUBLISHED: 07:01 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 May 2018
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Daniel Farke echoes the view of many Norwich City fans this is another massive summer at Carrow Road.
The scale of the Canaries’ squad makeover will not match what happened 12 months ago upon his arrival at the club, but with the end of parachute payments and fevered speculation around James Maddison’s future these are big weeks ahead.
Farke revealed the groundwork started months ago, driven by sporting director Stuart Webber and his recruitment team.
“To plan the next season has been happening maybe since last autumn,” he said. “I am totally convinced if we can keep the core group and not a big change like last summer we can improve.
“We are a big club but you have to be realistic. We do not have to speak about philosophy. Defensively we are much better and the players know their roles, in terms of the styles we want to play. We can’t give a clear target until we see what the summer window brings. If we lose many of them and don’t find this quality in the transfer market it will be difficult.
“It is obvious what we need to bring in. We need goals. I have mentioned it before. We were position three in the table for creating chances and 24 in taking them. We had 20 shots to 12 (against Sheffield Wednesday) and the result is a 5-1 defeat.
“If we had all the defenders available we are able to defend better, we are a stronger side. But it is also about scoring goals, and at this level scoring the first goal is so important.”
Alex Pritchard’s January sale to Huddersfield, after returning from an ankle injury that kept him out for months, proved a major blow to City’s creative output.
Farke, however, believes new year arrivals Onel Hernandez and Dennis Srbeny will prove their worth.
“There is no doubt Alex Pritchard was probably the best offensive player in this league and we had to do without him for half a season,” said Farke. “Likewise after Alex returned we scored three goals for the first time and when we were on fire in January we had this decision to sell him. But you must also say a big compliment to the board and Stuart because without spending much money we found some brilliant solutions with Dennis, Onel and Moritz (Leitner).”