Double top can hit the spot for Canaries
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Daniel Farke likes what he sees from Norwich City’s dynamic duo Jordan Hugill and Teemu Pukki.
The Canaries’ chief paired his two strikers together for the first time from the start in the midweek 1-0 Championship win over Birmingham.
A goal may have eluded the duo but the audition looks set to continue at Saturday against Wycombe Wanderers at Carrow Road.
“To start with Teemu and Jordan they totally fit together,” said Farke. “They didn’t score but generally I was happy how they set up our game.
“Jordan is great in the box, attacking crosses, Teemu likes these short movements but if we play with two up front then the wingers have to play a bit more like a number 10.
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“When I hear the experts saying you cannot play 4-4-2 any more and if you do then you have to knock it long I don’t agree.
“It is just finding the right set-up.
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“I am never addicted to base formations. I just want the same football and principles and without knowing the colour of the shirt you can tell this is a Norwich side. I want to see our philosophy on the pitch.
“We have played different formations from game to game and during games this season.
“I was a striker. I want strikers on the pitch but if it was that easy clubs who want to be successful would all do this. That is not the case if you look at the top clubs.
“They are not stupid when they play with one or sometimes no central striker.”
The key to Farke’s attacking experiment could hinge on the ability of Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell to unpick the lock on a regular basis.
“Todd and Emi have to be creative and almost deliver like two number 10s on the pitch,” he said. “But then you might lack some pace in wide areas without (Przemyslaw) Placheta, (Onel) Hernandez or (Adam) Idah so you compensate with high playing full-backs. Jordan still has to adapt to our game and with Teemu we have to be careful with his load, but if all four are ready to go they can definitely play together.
“I am happy we are flexible and we have options.
“It should be a strength that we can keep opponents guessing when they have to prepare for us. That is so important to have many plans and options. So I wouldn’t say the line up against Birmingham is the right answer every week.”
Cantwell certainly had the licence to roam against the Blues on his return to the side following injury and the close of the transfer window.
“Todd’s strength is his flexibility. I just want him in positions where he can affect our game,” said Farke. “He is not a winger who will get to the byline and cross, he will come infield and play like a false number 10.
“He can play the 10, but it depends on the opponent. Sometimes it is a bit easier when you can go into areas players don’t expect.
“(Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo never played their best games in the 10 roles. Todd is not on this level but he can fulfil the same type of role.
“He was in that area against Huddersfield and Preston and I didn’t feel he was that effective, but he has the skills.”