Hugill is a ‘perfect fit’ says City boss
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Jordan Hugill is a ‘perfect fit’ for Norwich City insists Daniel Farke after his debut goal in a 2-0 friendly win against Dynamo Dresden.
Hugill wasted little time in opening his account for his new club to wrap up a third consecutive pre-season victory, after Teemu Pukki opened the scoring in Delbruck on Wednesday on the second leg of City’s German tour.
The former West Ham striker showed a deft touch with a cool close range finish but Farke accepts he also adds beef to the Canaries’ Championship crusade.
“He is a perfect fit for us. He is also a top class personality,” said Farke. “It is too early to judge now but let’s see if it plays out that way by the end of the season. I am pretty confident it will. He is a top class guy.
“We have always had at least one physical option. In my first year Cameron Jerome, then we had Jordan Rhodes. You need a physical, tall option. He is homegrown and he is proven in the Championship.
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“Both Jordan and Teemu know it is not the most important topic to score at this point of the season but also it is true whether it is the Champions League final or a friendly or on the training pitch scoring goals is good for the mood, rhythm and confidence.
“For Jordan to score with his first real chance and to be so cool was top class.”
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Farke praised his squad’s composure on a testing pitch to make it three wins and three clean sheets since returning for pre-season.
“I am a bit more delighted with this game than the other night against Verl,” he said. “The circumstances with the pitch was awful but we handled this situation quite well.
“The first half was a top team performance. We controlled the game and scored a great goal, great pass.
“We had a small side on the pitch but it was important to keep the ball away from our goal, because Dresden have a reputation as one of the best teams in Germany for set pieces.
“In the second half we had some stronger players in this area on the pitch with Christoph (Zimmermann) and Jordan. Maybe the structure was not as good with our passing style on that pitch, but we showed hunger to defend the clean sheet.”
Timm Klose sat out the latest win with a bruised knee and will continue to be assessed ahead of the final tour friendly against SV Darmstadt on Saturday.