Norwich City are looking good right now with them in the play-off places after a fine win over Aston Villa.
Next up, they take on Brentford and so, ahead of the game, we once again spoke to Richard from City of Yellows to talk all things Canaries…
Another fine result in the week for the Yellows, how much confidence is around the club right now as a fan?
There is a very different atmosphere in and around the club at present. There is a real sense of belonging and working as a team both on the field and in the stands.
When Villa scored the opener, the Barclay immediately set off a resounding chorus of ‘On the ball City’ whilst all home fans clapped to get behind the team.
Two victories against good sides and both coming from behind have developed belief amongst the fans that something good is happening. The victory was even better following the enforced changes of losing Hernandez, not being fully fit and Tettey through childbirth.
After a leaky start defensively, the last nine games have seen things tighten up – has Daniel Farke found a perfect balance of attack and defence now?
Quite remarkable when you consider the long-term loss of captain Grant Handley through injury and both full backs being young Acadamy products of Jamal Lewis and 18-year-old Max Aarons. Timm Klose was rumoured to head back to Germany and thankfully he is enjoying life in Norfolk. Playing alongside him has been the man mountain Christoph Zimmerman, a massive team player and whilst last season he was prone to the occasional mistake he now looks so comfortable on the ball and has a superb pass completion rate.
As City plays the ball from the back, the midfield and attack are benefitting from the solid defence which starts with keeper Tim Krul, the number one is now demonstrating his international class.
Jordan Rhodes scored a brace against Villa – are you expecting him to now get on a run of form?
Jordan is a proper centre-forward, a natural finisher and a poacher and a player who reminds me of the 1970’s hero, Ted McDougall. A true professional who has supported the team with bit parts when coming on to replace Teemu Pukki and now leading the line from the start. A proven finisher and a lad I have total confidence with.
During the game, too, Farke made his subs very late with Louis Thompson having to come off after coming on – will this weekend’s starting XI be the same as that against Villa?
The squad has depth, they all know their roles and slot in as appropriate. I believe that Daniel can now pick a fit XI starters and slot replacements in without upsetting the balance of the team. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alex Tettey returns to start the game. Tom Trybull did an excellent job although he is more of a footballer and technical midfielder than the robust, spoiler style of Alex.