Jordan Hugill has justifiably grabbed most of the headlines this morning following City’s clinical 2-0 despatch of Bristol City at a rainy and windswept Carrow Road last night.
But it really was the ultimate team performance as Hugill was at pains to point out himself after the final whistle. As was Daniel Farke:
“He [Hugill] would score 25 goals in this league for a team set up to play for him. Right now he is on a mission for his team to help them achieve a big ambition.
“It is not about individual statistics. Jordan, from the first second this season, has played to bring the team over the line. He deserves the spotlight. He was fantastic.
“A man of the match performance. We have the right spirit and you can feel the lads are buzzing and want to be successful.”
I think that Farke makes a very pertinent point when he acknowledges that his philosophy is not centred around a traditional number nine but our Jordan seems to be adapting more and more with every passing game.
I don’t think it’s unfair to compare his role with that of his namesake Jordan Rhodes in our 2018-19 promotion season. An omen?
For me to single out a trio of individuals for particular praise might seem slightly off kilter, but if you’ll excuse me I’m going to anyway.
The first is obviously the man in the mismatched Puma promotional boots. Todd Cantwell is in a rich vein of form right now and he had another terrific game, hot on the heels of his performance against Cardiff. The pinpoint first-time cross for Hugill’s opener was delivered to perfection and the way he is gelling with Emi Buendia and Mario Vrancic at the moment is verging on the sublime.
A brief aside about said boots: Chris Goreham asked co-commentator Hucks if he would have worn a similar pairing back in the day and wrung a tongue-in-cheek admission from the great man that he would have probably have considered it. Only probably? 😉
My other two worthy of particular praise come as a pair as in Max Aarons and Jacob Sorensen.
It is a tribute to Farkeball that our nominal fullbacks offer such a threat going forward and both were right on song, never better illustrated than when Aarons twisted Nahki Wells inside out to send over a vicious delivery for Hugill’s second. Okay, it might have deflected off the outstretched leg of Tomas Kalas and basically hit Hugill on the chest to cross the line but that was some wing play from our right-back who was consistently good throughout.
Likewise Sorensen, who played a much more advanced role on the left than of late and showed some really classy touches. If I were Dimitris Giannoulis [or indeed Xavi Quintilla] I wouldn’t expect to walk into the left-back slot just yet, although to balance that we can see Stuart Webber’s future planning in action here as there’s no doubt Sorensen is earmarked for central midfield when Skippy goes back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Alex Tettey heads off into the Norwegian sunset.
That said, I bet we’d be singing Alex Tettey, one more year if we were allowed in the ground to do so.
Farke had this to say about Aarons and Sorensen:
“Max Aarons was fantastic today, Jacob Lungi Sorensen – I have to say I’ve not seen a better performance from a left-back in the whole league during this season. He was unreal today.”
I doubt Daniel has seen every single match this season but I kind of know what he means.
This might sound a little cocky but I genuinely feel I wouldn’t have chosen to swap any one of our players for any of the on-field Robins.
It’s not my job to judge the performances of other sides but after yesterday I really don’t see Bristol as play-off material although they do have a few to come back from injury [ring any bells?] and in Alfie Mawson, Kalas and the shrinking violet that is Tommy Rowe they have the basis of what should be a sound defence.
Referee watch? Mr Linington let quite a bit go from both sides that some others wouldn’t, but I guess it all evened out. It was interesting to hear Hucks’ observations on the dark arts, a couple of which such actions I had missed altogether.
We know you love the cups Daniel, but a rest for quite a few is surely in order before we entertain Colin’s Boro on Wednesday.
That way we’d have one heck of a bench, Coventry style. 🙂