Norwich City have had a terrible Premier League campaign so far. They sit bottom of the league, having only won four games all season. The Canaries suffered their 17th league loss at the hands of Southampton. Goals from Che Adams and Oriol Romeu were enough to give Southampton the full three points and move them up to 9th place.
Norwich City Look Destined for Relegation
Change of Manager Hasn’t made a Difference
Norwich failed to register a single point until their seventh game of the season which was a 0-0 draw against Burnley. They managed their first win after 11 games against Brentford. However, that win came too late and the club came to the decision to sack Daniel Farke. Dean Smith was appointed as the new Norwich City manager in November.
Although Dean Smith’s appointment brought hope to Carrow Road, he hasn’t been able to guide the side out of the relegation zone. The Canaries are still rooted to the bottom of the table. Despite only needing five points to escape the relegation zone, it is likely that the gap will increase as other teams play their postponed fixtures.
What’s Going Wrong for Norwich?
Norwich have conceded 55 goals in 26 league games. That averages over two goals conceded per game. At the same time, they have only managed to score 15 goals. 31-year-old Teemu Pukki has directly contributed to nearly half of these goals. You would expect Norwich to strengthen both sides of their team in the January transfer window. However, Norwich were one of the only sides not to sign a single player during the transfer window. This was a terrible decision from the club and their lack of quality in the squad is the key reason for their league position.
Meanwhile, other teams fighting for survival decided to bring in players and it has had an instant impact. Newcastle United were by far the busiest club during the January transfer window and have managed to escape the relegation zone. Similarly, Burnley also strengthened their attack by signing Dutch forward Wout Weghorst who has already made three goal contributions for the Clarets. Norwich’s unwillingness to bring in new players is ultimately leading to their demise. Dean Smith wasn’t backed by the owners and is now facing an almost impossible mission, trying to keep a sinking ship afloat.
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