With what could be called an assist if we push the boundaries a little bit, Onel Hernandez set up Emi Buendia for what was quite strangely his first Premier League goal and it arrived in July! Not only was it a beautiful finish but it saved this current squad from creating a very embarrassing record in the “failure to score in successive games” category.
Five minutes in, yeah we were doing okay, weren’t we?
There quickly followed yet another classic example of our inability to defend a set piece. Etienne Capoue sends a great delivery to the far post from a free kick and the giant Craig Dawson easily escapes the attentions of Alex and Jamal and it’s even Stevens after 10 minutes.
To our credit we showed much more spirit and determination than of late but Danny Welbeck’s Hertfordshire version of a worldy [and it was a great strike] confirmed the inevitable, as in yet another defeat.
We’re well on course to achieve the lowest total of points scored by Norwich in a top-flight season and unfortunately no longer can be considered as title contenders for the unwanted “best team to ever have finished bottom in the PL” award.
It was good to see Marco and Mario back, even with an understandable coating of red oxide. We will need them both next season and of that there is no doubt.
So now we have to look forwards, with a pertinent glance over our shoulder at the failures and misfortunes of 2019-20. These are patently apparent to MFW readers and writers and therefore will be to Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke as well.
The rumour round has already exploded. Although silly season is a little late this year we have “learned” that while we are in advanced talks with a Danish defensive midfielder [Jacob Sorenson] we are also after a Romanian international winger called Dennis Man. I don’t know about Sorensen, who sounds like our typical recruit but as Man’s agent rates his charge at £12million plus that one’s off my radar.
In the “do you laugh or do you cry” section Sheffield United are supposed to want Todd Cantwell for £10million. Good luck to Mr Wilder with that one. And we have set a price of £50million on Ben Godfrey. Good luck to Mr Webber in this case. If either tale is true of course.
One recent story that slightly confuses me came via Charlie Wyett in Tuesday’s Sun. Despite the anticipated derision from many of you at my referencing that particular Red Top, experience tells me that Wyett is often not too far off the mark.
What he is saying is that our players have signed 50%, yes fifty% relegation clauses in their contracts. Should this be true the Carrow Road exit doors are liable to be pretty busy over the next few weeks. But is this true? I dunno, I really don’t.
And this is just the start of the rumours and often deliberately made-up speculation. My brain hurts and the season hasn’t finished yet.
As quite a few of us have said in this week’s comments we are all looking forward to seeing how the 2020-21 squad will shape up. Trepidation, anticipation. I certainly feel both emotions already and nothing’s really happened yet.
As for the Prem, we gave it a reasonable go with what we had but were doomed from the start if we’re honest.