‘He has to deliver’ - Daniel Farke reveals heart-to-heart with Norwich City midfielder

Mario Vrancic can count on the support of Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke. Picture: Paul Cheste

Mario Vrancic can count on the support of Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mario Vrancic is a special player who will deliver for Norwich City.

Canaries’ head coach Daniel Farke admits the Bosnian international midfielder is yet to stamp his mark on the Championship, since his summer move from the Bundesliga, but is in no doubt Vrancic can step up.

“Mario is struggling a little bit and he knows this but I think it is important to trust my players,” said Farke. “Mario is a special player because he can create those key moments. I speak a lot with him. He is not content himself with his performances.

“He knows the consistency is not there and he has to deliver.

“In the beginning he was struggling with the speed on the pitch but I see him in training and games now and he can handle that better.

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“For his self-confidence it is important that he can feel the trust of the coach.

“We have been honest with him. We are totally convinced he can do this.

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“When Tom Trybull, Alex Tettey, Alex Pritchard and Steven Naismith return it will not be so easy because there is a lot of competition in this area of the squad.”

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That quartet miss out on Tuesday against Nottingham Forest, but Farke is looking for a marked improvement from Vrancic and the rest of the misfiring midfield who drew 1-1 at home to Barnsley.

“We brought so many technical players in but we were so poor in our passing quality. Our behaviour without the ball wasn’t good either.

“Our pressing wasn’t good,” he said. “We worked so much on our offensive movements to create more chances, especially at home.

“In general, when we have a game like Barnsley when we are poor in our passing and have to work hard to get it back someone like Mario is not the player who will go and tackle and be quick in the transition and win headers.

“But when I looked at the data he was the player who covered the most distance.

“When we dominate games he is full of technical ability and he can play the finishing passes – I think back to the pass for the goal against QPR or his performance at Brentford.

“We have a German guy here in England at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil, and sometimes he is praised for being a genius and when Arsenal lose the ball or lose a game it is down to him because he is too soft or too poor with his body language.

“Mario is a special player too.”

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