Entering their second year in the second tier following their relegation from the Premier League in 2016, expectations at Norwich City are extremely high.
The club have yo’yo’d between the top tiers of the English game for years, and the belief around Carrow Road is that anothet campaign of top-flight football is due very soon.
The club have endured a somewhat inconsistent start to the season having missed out on a place in the top-six last year, with some figures at the club coming under fire from fans in recent weeks.
Norwich lie just three points away from the playoffs this term, and are in touching distance of currently occupying the playoff berths.
However, the club look a long way off their potential promotion rivals in terms of quality on the field.
Norwich fans will openly admit that they have not been consistently impressed by their side this season, and Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Barnsley will not have eased rising tensions at the club.
Winger Josh Murphy received flak on twitter for taunting home fans with a ‘cupped-ear’ celebraton after opening the scoring, a gesture in reference to recent criticism from fans surrounding the winger’s form.
Murphy in particular has been accused of lacking commitment and possessing an attitude problem, an opinion that has divided supporters in recent weeks.
Farke has been questioned, with his tactics often coming under fire from sections of the crowd, and just sixteen goals in the league this season will leave cause for concern.
In the club’s defence, key personnel have been missing, with Nelson Oliveira the most noticeable absentee from the squad.
The big Portuguese striker has been sidelined through injury for some weeks, but is closing in on a full return.
Oliveira is arguably one of, if not the best striker in the division on his day, and in the right set-up, I am confident the player could break the 30-goal per season mark.
Called into the national side alongside the likes of Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo despite playing in the second tier is testament to his ability, and the forward could easily score top-flight goals.
Now he is back, I expect the Canaries to start turning disappointing draws and frustrating defeats into further points, and firmly believe they can challenge for the top-six this season.
Norwich fans, what do you make of Murphy’s gesture following his goal against Barnsley? Do you think your side can challenge for promotion this season? Have your say below…