Norwich slipped into the bottom three after last weekend’s results
After an impressive start to the season, Norwich City have struggled as of late and are now languishing in the relegation zone. Alex Neil’s men will fancy their chances of avoiding the drop and must remain focused on their ultimate goal, which is to remain in the Premier League.
Norwich have shown enough to suggest that they can avoid relegation but are suffering from a lack of confidence. Up next for Neil’s men is a trip to Old Trafford, although that may not be as tricky as in recent years. Manchester United have struggled at home this term and Norwich are well priced at 11/2 to cause a shock. In the meantime, here’s why Norwich CAN avoid the drop this season.
At the moment, Norwich are lacking a potent presence upfront
So far, the Canaries have struggled for goals. In fact, their top two goalscorers this season are midfielder Nathan Redmond (4) and defender Russell Martin (3). This simply isn’t good enough. In order to survive at the top level, you need a proven goalscorer and Cameron Jerome hasn’t cut it so far this season.
In recent weeks, Neil has given Dieumerci Mbokani the opportunity to prove his worth and in the short term, this decision paid off. Mbokani scored two goals in back-to-back fixtures against Leicester City and Newcastle United but has failed to find the net in his last six games. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Norwich move for a top striker in January.
The Canaries could sign more than just a striker
January isn’t the best team to invest heavily, however one or two players can help to inject some new life into a side. Norwich are lacking game changers and Neil may be searching for another attacking midfielder to bolster their ranks. Nobody genuinely believes that Norwich need to spend over £30 million to guarantee their safety, but a dip into the transfer market wouldn’t harm their chances of survival.
They have been linked with a number of players, including FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller. At 6’2″, he is a colossal threat and his ability to hold the ball up would come in handy if Norwich were defending a slender lead. While they managed to acquire both Matt Jarvis and Robbie Brady last summer, Neil has admitted that the transfer window didn’t exactly go to plan and the Canaries will almost certainly be bringing players into Carrow Road in January.
Norwich’s attacking midfielders DO create chances
Ultimately, the Canaries have been let down by their misfiring strikers so far this season. Both Jerome and Mbokani have failed to inspire confidence despite playing in front of an excellent midfield unit. Redmond, Brady, Jarvis and Wes Hoolahan are all capable of making things happen but unfortunately for Norwich, they just haven’t been able to score enough goals.
With that much talent in midfield, Norwich should be scoring goals. At the end of the day, goals win matches and without a top goalscorer, the Canaries will struggle. Neil MUST buy a new striker or risk Norwich’s place in the Premier League. Only time will tell but, with a proven top flight striker and a bit of luck, Neil’s men will avoid relegation this season.
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