Missing out on the play offs ultimately cost former Norwich manager Alex Neil his job last season, and new boss Daniel Farke will know that he must meet the board’s minimum requirement of a top six finish if he is to continue in his role for years to come.
The former Borussia Dortmund II man has experienced a busy start to life at Carrow Road, with a number of arrivals and departures going through the books since he arrived in East Anglia at the end of May.
Farke was given an early headache following the departures of midfield men Graham Dorrans and Jonny Howson, who made 61 league appearances between them last season, and the German will need other players to step up and fill the void left by the duo.
One man who has the potential to have a remarkable year is Alex Pritchard, with the former Spurs youngster joining the Canaries in a big money deal last summer following an extremely successful loan spell with Brentford the year before.
Pritchard is likely to miss the start of the season after picking up a pre-season injury during the win at Cambridge, but on his return, could become a vital part of Norwich’s surge for a top six finish.
The middle man is phenomenal on the ball, and his distribution and ability to pick a pass is one of the most effective in the entire division.
Pritchard is renowned for chipping in from the midfield with goals, and following six strikes and seven assists in the league last year, will look to further improve on this impressive tally in the next campaign.
If Pritchard can become the influential player Howson and Dorrans have been at Norwich, then he could easily become the complete package at Carrow Road, and his form could guide the Canaries to a promotion spot by May next year.
How important is Pritchard to your promotion hopes, Norwich fans?