A Little Bit of History…
Norwich City were one of the original members of the Premier League when it was launched in 1992. Since then, they’ve bounced back and forth between the EFL Championship and the Premier League (relegated five times, promoted five times), and fans will be hoping that this Norfolk club can put down more substantial roots. They’ve never enjoyed more than three consecutive seasons in the Premier League.
Norwich City are one of the many clubs for whom simply staying in the Premier League would be considered a success. They are certainly under no pressure to challenge for the title, or even win a domestic cup (although I’m sure the fans would like a new addition to the trophy cabinet). Like Burnley, Brighton or Crystal Palace, it’s about staying on pace with those around them, not sprinting away from the pack. But that’s not to say the Norwich City are pure cannon fodder. Under Daniel Farke (below), they have a manager who shows real promise.
Norwich City have been devastating in the EFL Championship, winning the league in both 2018/19 and last season. The issue was the Premier League stint in the middle, which was a crashing failure. Their final points tally of just 21 was one of the lowest in Premier League history. They lost game after game, 27 in total, including every one of their last ten matches. The conceded an astonishing 75 goals and scored just 26 times in 38 league games. When you are shipping that many goals and are struggling to put them in at the other end of the pitch, the writings on the wall. It was a very poor showing from a team that promised much more.
But, after another terrific EFL Championship campaign, Norwich are back in the Premier League and Farke signed a contract extension in July that will tie him to the club until the summer of 2025.
The Season Ahead…
Norwich have been busy in the transfer market, making moves early to enhance their squad. Scotland international Billy Gilmour is a future star at Chelsea, and Norwich have managed to bring him in on a season long loan. French midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou has signed from Nice, Angus Gunn has joined from Southampton. The former Manchester City goalkeeper had played for Norwich before during a loan spell, and returns to Carrow Road after a difficult $17 million move to the South Coast.
The loss of Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa will be a huge hole to fill. The chances he created, alongside his goals and assists, made him a key part of the team during his three years at Norwich. Fans will be hoping that he is the last quality player to exit before the transfer window closes, but the signs aren’t goo. Full-back Max Aarons is apparently being pursued by Arsenal, but the big worry is Todd Cantwell (below). The home grown player has slowly developed into a hugely promising midfielder and has been attracting interest from a number of clubs, in particular Aston Villa. With Grealish gone, and with $138 million burning a hole in their pocket, rumours are that Villa will make a bid to sign the England Under-21 international.
Several players have left for pastures new, including Alex Tettey and Mario Vrancic, who have both been released.
Location Norwich, Norfolk
Stadium Carrow Road (27,359 capacity)
20/21 Final League Position 1st in the EFL Championship (promoted to the Premier League)
Opening Game of 21/22 Season home to Liverpool
21/22 Predicted Final League Position 20th (relegated)
Norwich City are faced with a problem; too good for the Championship, not good enough for the Premier League. They’ve brought several players in, but it won’t be enough to keep them in the top tier. The potential loss of Cantwell would just escalate that. Relegation straight back to the EFL looms.