City ace has the ‘touch of genius’

Norwich City attacker Daniel Sinani is on loan in Belgium's top tier Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus

Norwich City attacker Daniel Sinani is on loan in Belgium's top tier Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Danel Sinani has the ‘touch of genius’ to make his mark at Norwich City.

The 23-year-old Luxembourg international joined the Canaries as a free agent in the summer, before sealing a loan move to Belgian top flight club Beveren.

Sinani notched his first goal in the ProLeague last weekend, in a 4-1 defeat to Gent, and scored three times for his country over the last international break.

Luxembourg’s player-of-the-year was on Thursday named in his country’s latest squad for an upcoming friendly against Austria and Nations League games with Cyprus and Azerbaijan.

City chief Daniel Farke felt Sinani needed regular games in the months ahead, and that stance is echoed by former Luxembourg Under-21 coach, Manuel Cardoni.


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“England might have been too complicated a stage the first time around, and it’s better to shine at Waasland-Beveren than to be off the radar for a year at Norwich in the reserves,” said Cardoni. “His career is going step by step. We should not expect him to perform at Manchester City now, but if he had left Luxembourg in 2018 then he would have already passed this stage.

“When we talked about his future together, I would always tell him, ‘Danel, I don’t care where you go, all I want is for you to leave the Luxembourg league.’

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“I wanted his career to match his talent. I would have really liked him to leave Luxembourg two years ago, he would be much further in his development. To think that without the showcase of the Europa League, he would still be in Dudelange, it’s incredible.”

Beveren look set for a difficult league season but Cardoni, quoted on Belgian football site Walfoot, is convinced the City loan export could cut it for any of the Champions League clubs in the same division.

“Danel has a touch of genius that can shake a lot of teams. He will be noticed very quickly in Belgium,” said Cardoni. “The door to Norwich City is not closed, but he could undoubtedly play for clubs like Genk, Bruges, Anderlecht or Standard. He has scored a lot of goals in the Nations League, in the Europa League.

“Every season, it’s at least 10 to 15 goals outside the domestic league and he has not been playing as a pure number nine. I worked with him when he was 16 and I could see his qualities.”

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