Norwich City are gradually picking up momentum this season in the Sky Bet Championship and must be considered genuine promotion contenders.
Daniel Farke has built a side of real balance and, usually, that bodes well in the second tier.
This weekend, then, they take on Sheffield Wednesday and so, as usual, we spoke to Richard Voisey at City of Yellows to discuss all things Canaries…
Louis Thompson has suffered an injury blow – how big a setback is it?
At the age of only 23, this will be the fifth significant injury blow to the career of Louis and it’s a repeat from his first one in 2015 when he suffered a shoulder injury at Swindon where he went on to miss 16 games.
This time surgery is required which means he is unlikely to be back before January. Whilst at City he has suffered from a bruised hip and worst than that, two breaks from playing with Achilles’ tendon surgery. He returned at the start of this season having been out for eleven months. A major set back for the lad.
Sheffield Wed have struggled of late, how confident can Norwich be ahead of the trip to Hillsborough?
Even though City lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in the cup this week, the boys are really disappointed having produced impressive stats from the game with more possession, corners and shots – which included hitting the post twice – and corners against Premier League opposition.
The Canaries have lost 5-1 in the last two league games at Hillsborough. Confidence is high, the team and the majority of fans expect a win. I do not believe you can base to much reliance on form in the Championship. This season the margins between winning and losing are fine as demonstrated by a congested league table.
Timm Klose has earned rave reviews in recent weeks – where does he rank in terms of Championship defenders for you?
Timm is an extremely interesting character off the field in front of the camera and is an extremely confident and intelligent individual.
At the age of 30 and having played in Germany and Switzerland which includes 27 caps for his country, he comes with an excellent pedigree.
City fans were relieved when rumours of a move abroad in the summer did not materialise. He is at the top of his game at present and is benefiting from the passing style adopted by Daniel Farke.
Klose is definitely demonstrating his leadership skills and it’s especially this season with several Acadamy players actively involved in starting games. The fans love him as he is normally the last player to leave the pitch at the end of the game.
Norwich impressed at Bournemouth in the EFL Cup – is there anyone from that side that came in that has a chance to feature this weekend?
Teemu Puuki came on for the last ten minutes at Bournemouth following a recent injury and with Jordan Rhodes being ineligible due to being on loan from Wednesday, is likely to start the game.
I do not expect any other changes subject to any injuries picked up midweek. Having said that, the only player who might get a start on merit is Onel Hernandez simply because is arguably the best player in the squad capable of producing an assist due to his pace and ability to run at defenders.
Wednesday 0 Norwich 2