Will The Canaries go back down like they did last time around?
Welcome back to ‘The 2019-20 Premier League Season Preview’ – a feature series that previews all 20 clubs of the Premier League ahead of the new football season.
It’s time to check out the second newly-promoted side in… Norwich City.
MANAGER: Daniel Farke
CAPTAIN: Christoph Zimmermann
ODDS TO WIN THE LEAGUE: 2000-1 (via Oddschecker)
The Championship winners are led by an attack-minded boss preparing for his debut season at the top of the English game and boast a range of exciting talents ready to make the step up – but can they translate their second-tier superiority into top-tier success?
We’ll find out over the next nine months.
HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
2014-15 – 3rd (Championship)
2015-16 – 19th (Premier League)
2016-17 – 8th (Championship)
2017-18 – 14th (Championship)
2018-19 – 1st (Championship)
Championship – 1st
FA Cup – Third Round
Carabao Cup – Fourth Round
Top Scorer – League: Teemu Pukki (29), All: Teemu Pukki (30)
Josip Drmić (Borussia Mönchengladbach – Free Transfer)
Sam Byram (West Ham United – Undisclosed)
Patrick Roberts (Manchester City – Loan)
Ralf Fährmann (Schalke – Loan)
Marcel Franke (Hannover 96 – Undisclosed)
Nélson Oliveira (AEK Athens – Undisclosed)
Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb – Free Transfer)
Yanic Wildschut (Maccabi Haifa – Free Transfer)
Steven Naismith (Hearts – Free Transfer)
Matt Jarvis (Released)
Ben Marshall (Released)
GK – Krul, Fährmann, McGovern
DF – Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Hanley, Zimmermann, Lewis, Klose, Heise
MD – Roberts, Vrančić, Leitner, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Trybull, McLean, Tettey, Thompson
FW – Hernández, Buendía, Drmić, Pukki, Srbeny, Idah
PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR – MAX AARONS
It’s safe to say that Norwich’s academy is working wonders right now, with the likes of Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey being two of the main reasons as to why some of the biggest clubs in England are circling the best of what The Canaries’ have developed.
But of all of them, Max Aarons stands out the most, as the one who has what it takes to make it to the very top. The latest in the line of highly-rated English right-backs (along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Reece James), Aarons is seen as an important part of the future of the Three Lions.
After being named the EFL Young Player of the Year last season, expect big things from the 19-year-old this season…
HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST CHELSEA
Matches played – 54
Won – 14
Drawn – 18
Lost – 22
HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WILL THEY BE TO CHELSEA?
In three words… not that much.
Carrow Road could prove to be an awkward ground for many teams this season, but with only one win against The Blues in nearly 25 years, I don’t expect Chelsea to be dropping any of the 6 points that will be on offer.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
Daniel Farke’s side were excellent going forward last season but will need to improve defensively against stronger opposition as the best attackers in the Premier League will not need a second chance.
And this will be their downfall in my opinion. Despite scoring an impressive 93 goals last season, they also conceded 57 goals, which is a lot for a newly-promoted side. With only Sam Byram being their only defensive signing to date this signing, that will not be enough to help contain the frontlines of the best teams in English football.
Just like the last time they were in the top flight, they’ll be going straight back down. In the exact same position.
Predicted position: 19th
Come back for part 15 as we check out the third and final newly-promoted side in… Sheffield United.
• Part 1 – Arsenal
• Part 2 – Aston Villa
• Part 3 – Bournemouth
• Part 4 – Brighton & Hove Albion
• Part 5 – Burnley
• Part 6 – Chelsea
• Part 7 – Crystal Palace
• Part 8 – Everton
• Part 9 – Leicester City
• Part 10 – Liverpool
• Part 11 – Manchester City
• Part 12 – Manchester United
• Part 13 – Newcastle United