City boss sets Mumba and Sinani a high bar
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Daniel Farke likes what he sees from Danel Sinani and Bali Mumba but warns Norwich City’s new boys they have a job on to gatecrash his Championship plans.
The young duo got plenty of game time during the club’s recent German pre-season tour, with Mumba looking composed at right back and Sinani deployed in a wider role.
The Luxembourg international misses this weekend’s League Cup tie at Luton as he prepares for a Uefa Nations League test in Azerbaijan.
But with Jordan Hugill joining Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah in the ranks the battle for starting spots up front at Huddersfield on September 12 is intense.
“I am pleased with him. It is not easy to come from Luxembourg football to a team dropping out of the best league in the world,” said Farke. “He has played like a false nine, not a natural striker, so far for us but I like how he has interpreted this role.
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“But then you look at the competition. Teemu has been fantastic, Adam is growing and improving from day to day and we now also have Jordan. We have tried Danel on the wings and he is able to create.
“In the Dresden friendly he was not so eye-catching but then he delivers with an assist and he can change a game.
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“But there is also competition there. I can’t play him each and every game.”
Teenage Sunderland recruit Mumba grabbed his chance to make an early impression with Sam Byram ruled out through injury for the big kick-off and Max Aarons missing part of the German tour.
“In each and every game he has shown glimpses why we have signed him. He has to find that consistency you want from a young lad but he is a confident boy,” said Farke. “We have to make sure he stays with both feet on the ground.
“We can’t have them thinking after two weeks of training with lads who were in the Premier League last season that they are Premier League players.
“But I am pleased with him. He has shown under pressure in possession he can keep his cool and show his quality.
“He has to work a bit on his positioning and his tactical solidity. But I am pretty pleased with what I have seen.”
Sinani and Mumba were part of a busy close season revamp to the Canaries’ squad following relegation from the Premier League.