Video James Husband has found himself in and out of Daniel Farke's thoughts during his first season at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 Continuing our end of season report cards on Daniel Farke’s Norwich City squad, MICHAEL BAILEY wonders about the future for a rather undervalued James Husband. Scan back 12 months and Norwich City were devoid of any options in one area of the pitch, to the point it had almost become a joke. It was as if left-back had been left off the Canaries’ planning: the January sales of Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady came before contemplating an expensive deal for Mitchell Dijks, who this summer will swap Dutch giants Ajax for Serie A side Bologna. Even before a ball was kicked in pre-season, City had in mind who would break through as their new frontline option – only for a pre-season knee injury to hamper those hopes for several months. More on Jamal Lewis … [Read more...] about Norwich City Report Card: Undervalued Hubby may need to seek a bit of faith
Opinion PUBLISHED: 14:24 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 18 May 2018 Harrison Reed only scored one goal for Norwich City - but it was worth savouring against QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd ¬©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 Harrison Reed emerged as a crucial part of Daniel Farke’s plans. Paddy Davitt assesses the chances of a return, in the latest of our summer report card series. A switch to a more defensive position on the right at Brentford was the start of a new City career for Harrison Reed. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Harrison Reed arrived as the poster boy for Daniel Farke’s new vision. He departed as a jack-of-all trades. In no way is that meant to sound derogatory. On the contrary, it underlines his adaptability, his superb versatility and perhaps above all else, his character. Reed’s big mate, James Maddison, rightly claimed all the plaudits and individual awards going for a superbly … [Read more...] about Norwich City report card: Operation Harrison Reed must be attempted
Opinion Jamal Lewis takes the fight to Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 Jamal Lewis had a breakthrough season to savour. Paddy Davitt assesses where the 20-year-old goes from here, in the latest of our summer report card series. Jamal Lewis had a bumpy afternoon at Hull . Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Listen to me, Jamal. You will score a header at Chelsea in an FA Cup tie in front of millions watching on television. Make your international debut for Northern Ireland. And become Norwich City’s first choice left-sided defender. Even the super confident, super cool Lewis may have thought that was setting the bar too high when he found himself fast-tracked into Daniel Farke’s pre-season plans. After a cruel knee injury curtailed his progress for five months, the Luton-bred prospect burst onto the first team scene in stunning fashion. Fernando Forestieri is … [Read more...] about Norwich City Report Card: How high can Jamal Lewis soar with Canaries?
Opinion Timm Klose was a linchpin for Norwich City during the 2017-18 Championship campaign. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images ¬©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 In our latest Norwich City end of season report card, MICHAEL BAILEY reflects on one of the Canaries’ true unsung heroes of the 2017-18 EFL Championship campaign – Timm Klose. This time last year, the Norwich City wind was blowing in a pretty strong direction for one Swiss’ 2018 World Cup hopeful. That was the initial point. The chance of making football’s biggest summer festival if the right summer offer fell Timm Klose’s way. Just as fresh in the memory was his first full year spent in English football’s second tier, that seemed to cause the centre-back issues too many times for comfort. One in particular stood out: Klose’s momentary risk on a bobbly byline at the Pirelli Stadium. In the end it played a huge part in a costly February defeat … [Read more...] about Norwich City Report Card: A pillar to lean on, a boat to manage and a point proven
Video Christoph Zimmermann can look back on his first season at Norwich City happy with so much of his work. Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 In our latest Norwich City end of season report card, Michael Bailey reflects on a genuine success story at the heart of their defence – and their new direction. Here’s to Christoph Zimmermann. From Christoph Zimmermann’s first arrival in Norfolk, there was no hiding all the things the centre-back’s move was hoping to achieve. Away from the hard facts – out of contract centre-back playing in the German fourth tier signs for Norwich City – was the real story. “When I give him tactical instruction he always gets used to it quickly and acts in the right way,” said head coach Daniel Farke, on unveiling his first signing of last summer. “At Dortmund he was able to get the group together and build a team spirit. I know … [Read more...] about Norwich City Report Card: The big man’s big impression – and big challenge from here
Poll Grant Hanley felt the pain of a defeat at QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 Leader? No doubt. What about captain? Grant Hanley appears to have all the credentials. Paddy Davitt assesses an impressive first tour of duty from the centre-back, in the latest of our City report card series. Grant Hanley was a force of nature at times in his robust debut season at Norwich City. But beyond the terrace chants hailing his growing influence on Daniel Farke’s squad, the dominance over opposition strikers, not forgetting that vital derby-saving assist, there is one anecdote that illustrates how precious Hanley is for this road ahead. It came minutes after the final whistle of a frankly embarrassing capitulation at QPR on Bank Holiday. Hanley could not be exempt from blame, given he was part of a backline bullied by Matt Smith in a 4-1 Championship defeat that underlined there is still residual … [Read more...] about Norwich City Report Card: Grant Hanley bulldozes his way to the front