Norwich City are looking like they are set for a return to the Premier League after a wonderful start to the season under Daniel Farke.
The Canaries have been somewhat of a yo-yo club over the last decade or so, fluctuating between the two divisions, with a spell in League One to compliment that.
Norwich have been promoted multiple times but couldn’t stay up, and when they were relegated, most neutrals wrote them off as a team likely to come back. However, they have done it before and they look like they may well do it again.
Daniel Farke has got the best out of most of his players, many of whom were average Championship level players at this point last season.
His signings have been excellent and his side have a good balance and team spirit, which is showing in their multiple comebacks this campaign.
However, there is a long way to go, and there are many clubs below them looking to knock Norwich off their perch.
Here, we look at THREE things that could de-rail Norwich City’s promotion bid…
The problem with all big teams is a lack of focus and when you are so good, you take the opposition for granted. We see it at all levels of football, and Farke will be doing all he can to keep the focus levels as high as possible in his squad.
The defending for Norwich hasn’t been good and this must frustrate Farke, who will be looking to fix this sooner rather than later.
Losing big matches
So far this season, Norwich have done well in big games, but if they are to go up, they must continue performing in this manner.
In the next four matches, Norwich play three of their promotion rivals: West Brom on Saturday, Sheffield United and Leeds United to follow in late January and early February, not to mention a tough Friday night fixture against Garry Monk’s Birmingham.
These matches will make or break Norwich’s promotion push – wins would see them establish some daylight, whereas losses could see them fall out of the top two.
Injuries could play a huge part in Norwich’s season. For the most part, Farke has stuck to a core group of players and not deviated away from it much at all.
If one of his key players got injured – for example Teemu Pukki or a key defender like Klose – Norwich could be in serious trouble, and this could de-rail their promotion charge.