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On the ball City

28 August 2020

On the ball City, the famous chant was ringing around Carrow Road from the Norwich City fans as their team wrapped up league title and promotion from the Sky Bet Championship at the end of the 2018/19 season, ending a three-year absence from the Premier League.

Their stay in England’s top division would only last for a single season however, as Daniel Farke’s side returned to the Championship alongside AFC Bournemouth and Watford.

The Canaries have had some memorable moments in the EFL, from achieving back-to-back promotions under Paul Lambert to a Play-Off Final win against Middlesbrough back in 2015 - Norwich City have pretty much completed it all.

Their fight for top-flight football will start again on September 12 at The John Smith’s Stadium, as they come up against another former Premier League side in Huddersfield Town.

With the talent that is already in that Norwich dressing room and the targets that Farke would like to bring into the club, there appears to be no reason why the Canaries cannot be flying high in the Championship once again, but as many clubs will tell you, bouncing back at the first time of asking is no easy feat.

Manager: Daniel Farke

Daniel Farke has been in the hot seat at Carrow Road since 2017 after taking over from Alex Neil. The German has won the heart of the Norwich City supporters doing his time at the club with his attacking style of play.

Although last season was not one to remember for the day 43 year old, the Canaries board have stayed loyal to the man that has taken them from a mid-table Championship team to the Premier League only two seasons ago.

Promoting young talent has been a huge part of his managerial style too, unearthing and developing league the talents of players such as Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell, individuals who have all been linked with moves away from Norfolk.

His reliance on youth is not surprising though as his experiences with Borussia Dortmund II for two season helped shape him into the manager that he is now, following in the footsteps of David Wagner, who lead Huddersfield to promotion just weeks before Farke took his step into management in England.

Players to watch

Youngsters Max Aaron and Ben Godfrey have fantastic pedigree in this division, with the former walking away with the EFL Young Player of the Season award at the end of their promotion winning season in 2019.

Godfrey started his career at York City before joining the Canaries on a permanent basis in 2016, his loan spell with Shrewsbury Town was the start of a blossoming career for the central defender, spending a season with the Salop before returning to Carrow Road as a more well-rounded ball-playing defender.

Emiliano Buendia is another player who has shone during his time at Norwich City, a Farke signing in 2018 the Argentine played a pivotal part in the side earning promotion in his debut season.

His South American flair was clear to see that year scoring eight goals and providing 19 assists in all competitions. 

Oliver Skipp and Jordan Hugill are two players that are new into the building, Skipp joining the club on-loan from Tottenham Hotspur and Hugill signing on the dotted line permanently from West Ham United.

It could be a big season for the pair who will undoubtedly be looking to add promotion to their CV come the end of the season.

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