Norwich City’s rebuild is underway, with the club announcing the appointment of German head-coach, Daniel Farke, on a two-year deal ahead of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Last season proved to be a huge disappointment at Carrow Road, with Alex Neil failing to inspire the Canaries to a promotion challenge, which ultimately cost him his job.
Alan Irvine eventually led Norwich to an eighth placed finish in the Championship, but an overhaul is planned for the summer with seven players released and others including Steven Naismith and Graham Dorrans set to be made available for transfer.
One of Farke’s first duties as manager should be to reconsider the decision to potentially move Naismith away from Carrow Road, with the Scottish international still having so much to offer in the Championship.
Last season, Naismith made 32 appearances for the Canaries across all competitions, scoring seven goals in that time and standing out in a disappointing campaign for Norwich.
Despite entering his thirties, Naismith’s creativity and goalscoring ability proved to be invaluable for Norwich, linking up with Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy perfectly in the Canaries’ favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
Farke will undoubtedly bring fresh faces to Carrow Road over the summer, as all new managers like to do when they arrive at a club, and with the amount of players released by Norwich earlier this month indicate it will be a busy few months for the Canaries.
However, releasing a player of Naismith’s ability would be a poor decision from Norwich, his creativity could be key to Farke turning around the Canaries’ fortunes in the next 12-months.