Super Mario is just the ticket for Norwich City

Mario Vrancic caught the eye on his first outing in a Norwich City shirt at Cobh. Picture: Lorraine

Mario Vrancic caught the eye on his first outing in a Norwich City shirt at Cobh. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Focus Images

Daniel Farke is tipping Norwich City new boy Mario Vrancic to be a big hit in English football.

The cultured Bosnian international impressed during a 45-minute cameo on his debut in a 5-0 friendly win at Cobh.

Farke returned to his homeland earlier this summer to make the former Darmstadt midfielder one of his first signings.

The Canaries’ head coach is confident both Vrancic and Christoph Zimmermann can handle the culture shock of preparing for the unique Championship tests ahead.

“They are pretty intelligent guys. Football is always the same, it is about winning, it is about the three points and being strong on the pitch,” he said. “They will adapt to my idea. Christoph has the advantage that I have worked with him so it is a little bit easier for him than the other lads. I am pretty content I have both in my squad. They will help us and they will adapt to English football.

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“They did pretty well. For sure, Christoph we thought he was in a pretty good shape and able to play 90 minutes in the defence. He was really strong, stood up to the challenge and pretty good in the defence. Mario we gave him 45 minutes and you saw a good, technical player. He is able to play pretty smart, key passes and to be responsible for our rhythm and find a good balance between playing forward passes and looking to control the game.”

Farke’s squad face Lowestoft on Saturday after a gruelling week-long Irish training camp, capped by a positive first public outing at St Colman’s Park. The German will again look to test the depth of his squad, although Russell Martin is unlikely to feature at Crown Meadow after sitting out the Cobh opener.

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“Russell still has some problems with his back. He did some individual work in the last few days but we felt the risk was too high to bring him to the pitch,” he said. “I hope the back is fine in the next days and he will join us in the team. It is pre-season. Sometimes a player will need a break or a little more rest. Someone like Christoph was in a good condition and could get 90 minutes.

“Our first pre-season game was always going to be a little bit special because some guys play their first game in the new shirt and they are a little bit nervous. We are also a bit tired because we have been working hard. You never know if the guys will adapt to the new processes and if they are awake enough.”

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