Iwan Roberts: Next four games could make or break Norwich City's season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:35 07 November 2019

Norwich City will be hoping Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia can start firing again this evening against Watford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City will be hoping Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia can start firing again this evening against Watford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

With no wins in their last six Premier League games, five of those being losses, these next four games for the Canaries could make or break their season.

Three of these games are against teams in and around Norwich at the bottom of the table, starting on Friday with bottom club Watford travelling to Carrow Road, which even at this early stage of the season is a must-win game for Daniel Farke's men.

At the minute Norwich look a shadow of the side I saw early doors when they outplayed both Newcastle and Manchester City, and they need to somehow find that form and quickly.

The intensity they showed in those two games hasn't been there and they don't look like scoring goals, something I never thought I'd say about Norwich this season.

In their opening five Premier League games Norwich scored nine goals and looked a real threat going forward, which gave us all hope and optimism that relegation could be avoided. However, with just two goals in their last six games that hope and optimism is quickly disappearing.

Watford go into the game winless in the Premier League this season, but with the knowledge that three points tonight could lift them off the foot of the table, leapfrogging Norwich and Southampton.

In recent weeks Watford's performances have improved with good draws against the likes of Spurs and Sheffield Utd, the latter having the best defensive record in the league along with Bournemouth and Leicester.

Watford go into Friday's game on the back of two defeats, but should be buoyed by the return of their talisman Troy Deeney who hasn't kicked a ball for the Hornets since their 1-0 defeat at Goodison on August 17. Since signing for Watford back in 2010 Troy has scored 123 goals in 373 appearances for Watford. He is their main man and they've missed him so much; since he's been out injured as they have scored just two goals in their last seven Premier League games, a record that's even worse than Norwich's.

Watford was my first club and it holds a very special place in my heart. As a young lad from North Wales who could barely speak a word of English and who had the worst dress sense in the world I couldn't have gone to a better club.

Speaking English wasn't my strong point as I was from a Welsh speaking family, and from a Welsh speaking village where English was rarely spoken. It was a complete culture shock for me when I moved down to the edge of North London.

Luckily the lads in the youth team there with me were brilliant and helped me settle quicker than snow, and after the first week of me leaving home at the tender age of 16 my homesickness had gone.

However, those first couple of weeks were tough after my mum and dad had driven me down to Watford. Every night I'd walk to the nearest public phone box to speak to my parents (no mobile phones in those days) and with tears falling down my face I'd plead with them to come and pick me up and take me back home.

However, I was lucky Tom Walley my youth team coach was a native Welshman and a Welsh speaker, and my good friend Malcolm Allen had been at the club for a couple of years and he took me under his wing for the first few weeks.

Tim Sherwood and his parents were great with me and would often invite me round for Sunday lunch as they didn't want me to be on my own in my lodgings, as all the other apprentices would go home for the weekend after our game on the Saturday morning.

It was hard for my mum and dad hearing me crying on the phone those first couple of weeks but boy am I glad they didn't drive down to pick me up and take me home.

I'm so glad they said "No, you'll be fine once you've settled, give it a bit of time", and how right they were.

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