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2021/2022

Norwich City

In


Milot Rashica (att) Werder Bremen; Ben Gibson (def) Burnley – loan made permanent; Dimitrios Giannoulis (def) PAOK – loan made permanent; Pierre Lees Melou (mid) Nice; Angus Gunn (gk) Southampton; Flynn Clarke (mid) Peterborough; Billy Gilmour (mid) Chelsea – on loan; Rocky Bushiri (def) KAS Eupen – end of loan; Timm Klose (def) Basel – end of loan; Daniel Adshead (mid) – end of loan; Josh Sargent (att) Werder Bremen

Out


Emiliano Buendía (att) Aston Villa; Philip Heise (def) – released; Mario Vrancic (mid) – released; Sebastian Soto (att) Porto B – on loan; Louis Thompson (mid) – released; Moritz Leitner (mid) – released; Marco Stiepermann (mid) – released; Örjan Nyland (gk) – released

Norwich wasted no time in returning to the Premier League following their relegation in 2019/20, as Daniel Farke’s side demonstrated extraordinary consistency in the Championship and went all the way to the title after winning 29 of their 46 matches. Norwich registered the second-best scoring tally in the league, as well as the second-best defensive record and the highest points total in Championship since 2018. The Canaries have been particularly active in off-season. They signed Werder Bremen winger Milot Raschica, who could add more creativity to their attack, and made permanent the loan deals of Ben Gibson and Dimitrios Giannoulis, both of whom stood out in defence last term. Midfielder Pierre Lees Melou and goalkeeper Angus Gunn arrived to add depth to the squad, while promising midfielder Billy Gilmour joined from Chelsea on loan. They also signed striker Josh Sargent to complement 31-year-old Teemu Pukki in attack. The only major departure was that of Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa, given that the midfielder was considered their finest player last season. Farke is using a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their main strength being that their defenders are able to play out from the back and the team can dominate the ball, having averaged the highest possession of any team last season (58.3%). Following Buendia’s departure, Norwich will be weak in midfield if they don’t sign a Premier League level ball carrier.

Target


Staying out of trouble is the main task in order to avoid becoming a yo-yo club. The season can be considered successful if they comfortably avoid relegation.

Season Review
2019/2020

№20: Norwich City

A combination of little money spent on transfers after their promotion and very bad luck with injuries to crucial defenders were amongst the main reasons why Norwich were relegated after 1 season in the Premier League. Having both the weakest attack and leakiest defence in the league doomed the Canaries to last place from very early on. Undoubtedly crucial for the poor season proved the injury problems for the 2 main centre-backs Klose and Zimmermann, who didn’t start single game together with one or the other constantly missing injured. Norwich had some flashes of form early on with home wins vs Newcastle in round 2 and Man City in round 5, with top scorer Pukki the main reason for those successes. The Finn started the season very well, but come December even he lost confidence and his only 2 goals in 2020 were scored from the penalty spot. With at least 3 defenders missing injured or suspended in every game this season it was no surprise that the defensive displays were the weakest thing about Norwich. Playing out of the back didn’t work for the crippled defence and if not for goalkeeper Krul, over 100 goals could easily have been conceded. Krul was undoubtedly their most consistent player during the season, while several very young players also showed glimpses of brilliance even if still lacking consistency. Amongst them were full-backs Aarons and Lewis and wingers Cantwell and Buendia. With the money from their 1 season in the top flight, Norwich are expected to rebuild a very strong squad straight away and a quick return to the Premier League is their goal for next season.


Player of the Season: Tim Krul

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