Placheta is the real deal for City chief
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Przemyslaw Placheta is proving a “top class” signing for Norwich City.
Canaries’ boss Daniel Farke admitted he expected the 22-year-old to take time to adapt to the Championship after his summer move from Poland.
But Placheta had featured in each of the first three league games before a hamstring issue ruled him out against Derby.
That also prevented the flying wide man from linking up with Poland’s Under-21s, where he has been the stand-out performer in their European U21 Championship qualifying campaign.
Placheta has been tipped for a first full call-up, and Farke insists he is on the right track.
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“Top class. I am very happy with him. He is a great lad,” said Farke. “He had a very good pre-season and in my head I thought it would last a bit longer before we could throw him into the mix. The quality and also the brand of football is different here in England. If the Premier League is the best, the Championship is the toughest league in the world.
“You got the feeling even more experienced players would need a few months to adapt.
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“Yet he has been involved more or less from the start and helped turn the game against Preston when he came on and scored a goal.”
Placheta stayed at Colney to get treatment on his hamstring injury and Farke was hopeful he can be in the mix for the upcoming trip to Rotherham after sitting out international duty.
“It is not good news he was unavailable (for Derby) because with his pace and bravery he can change a game in any situation,” said Farke. “It is not a big topic so we are pretty confident he can feature in our next league game. He was not able to take part in team training so the international games came too soon.
“There were communications between him and Poland. For me he could not play any game in these two weeks.”
Placheta’s availability would be a big boost after City fired blanks in their last two league outings.
“It is more like a mental attitude how you act in front of the goal. You can’t explain it.
“It is more about the soft skills,” said Farke. “Don’t make that one little last pass, get the ball over the line.
“We created enough to score in both games but in the key moments we were not brutal enough, not switched on. You have to be fully committed and fully switched on and convinced to score the goal.”