Norwich City continued their brilliant form by dismantling Sheffield Wednesday last weekend 4-0.
This weekend, they face a Millwall side that has been inconsistent to say the least.
As is usual on a Friday, then, we spoke to Richard Voisey from City of Yellows to preview things…
Teemu Pukki returned to goal-scoring form in style with Jordan Rhodes missing v Wednesday – who should start up front this weekend?
My guess is that Teemu will keep his place, he is yet to have a bad game. Always running into spaces and chasing down defenders and a danger in or around the eighteen-yard box, a style that Canary fans really appreciate. Pukki has played the lead role this season although City fans will be confident of the attacking threat regardless of who gets the starting shirt. Jordan has a different style and is predominantly a fox in the box although another unselfish team player. We are blessed to have both players at the club at present.
Millwall have struggled this season, is there any way you can see them causing Norwich issues this weekend?
Norwich have really got their passing game going in recent weeks and can wear teams down in the first half which in turn produces goals late in the game with the Canaries then forcing the game through quick fire attacks. The defence are working really hard to protect Tim Krul in goal with full-blooded blocking and covering and with capability to join the attack with quick interplay down the flanks. Millwall will need to get into the City player’s faces from the off and score a couple of goals early on. Statistics indicate that City would be fifth from bottom if the results stood at the half time score.
Are there any changes you’d make otherwise to the side from the Owls game?
With injuries taking a hold now within the squad and especially as seven of the current players out are classified as homegrown footballers, Daniel Farke was forced to name two more fledging Acadamy players on the bench at Sheffield Wednesday to meet the match day selection criteria, therefore the strongest possible bench cannot always be selected. Amongst the first eleven, we could see Marco Stiepermann return for Mario Vrancic. Marco is probably the most improved player this season, having said that Mario with the exception of his awful penalty had a great game in the number 10 slot.
Norwich have been linked with a few players in recent days – Harry Anderson being one – where should Norwich look to strengthen in January?
Norwich’s success this season has been heavily based on on the ability to replace players on the field without upsetting the balance of the team. New lads coming in could be based on those who are more likely to be leaving. Potential departures could be out of favour striker Nelson Oliveria and ex-captain and fullback Ivo Pinto who has hardly played this season. If any Premier League players are sniffing around, my feeling is that Jamal Lewis could be the next big money departure. It’s well known that City must sell to keep the books in order.