Norwich City went from earning their promotion to the top tier league by clinching the Championship to getting relegated just after one season. This season hasn’t been kind to The Canaries following their brilliant campaign in the second division English football.
Here are the 5 reasons what went wrong with Norwich City this season.
Norwich City came to the Premier League after being instrumental in the Championship, and the Carrow Road had lots of high hopes from their yellow army to become a challenge for other teams. But the things went topsy turvy, and as a result, they see themselves drop to the second tier. The transfer work done by the board members at Carrow road hasn’t been up to the mark as they only managed to spend £40.66m on players. Looking at the club’s financial status, they could have signed new players and strengthened their squad. The Canaries level weren’t as high as it was supposed to be, and their failure to spend has been one of their main reasons for the inevitable.
The injury woes have been one of the primary reasons for their demise this season. Defender Timm Klose was ruled out due to hip injury; defender Christoph Zimmermann has been through series of knee injuries, and German hasn’t been able to help The Canaries survive the relegation. The star-studded injury list also have Onel Hernandez and Sam Byram. The former suffered an ACL injury while falling at home, and the full-back suffered a hamstring injury. The former West Ham player has been an inspiring figure for the men in yellow, and his injury came in as a blow to their chances for survival.
Poor Goal Scoring Spree
Norwich City has had a disastrous run of games this season, and they have been poor in front of goal. They are the least scoring side in the Premier League and have only managed to put the ball in the back of the net on 26 occasions only. Although Teemu Pukki leads the scoring charts for The Canaries with 11 goals and they had 10 different goal scorers, but 8 of them only managed to convert once. Their scoring accuracy has been awful with 31%, and they also created only 32 goal scoring chances. These stats are concerning, and Norwich city attackers not clinical enough in scoring, led to the fall of the former championship winners.
Poor Away Record.
The Canaries have lost 26 games this season in the top flight, and they have just managed to take one win away from home and lost on 14 occasions. The home results have been equally disappointing as they managed to pick up 4 wins at Carrow road. The Premier League is demanding, and playing away from home is a challenging task for teams. The lackluster displays away from home have been a key failure in their relegation.
Desire and Determination.
Norwich City came with high expectations, and fans were pumped to see them play at the highest level among the country’s finest teams. The stakes were high, the stage was set, and the kind of character the yellow army showed last season was too much to handle for Daniel Farke’s men.
This season they did beat the likes of Manchester City, Everton and Leicester City and managed to draw against tough opponents in Arsenal, Tottenham, and Leicester at home. They lacked perseverance, desire to win, and character even after coming up big against the big guns in 3 meetings. The Canaries conceded 70 goals and managed to keep only 5 clean-sheets. In the last 10 matches, they have lost 9 of them and conceded 19 and were able to punish the goalkeeper just twice. There was no desire to win to stay up when they had to dig deep for salvation. The players’ attitude and key players getting injured at crucial points might have affected their chances of surviving.