Our next article takes a look at newly-promoted Norwich City.

Norwich won the Championship last season, finishing on 94 points. The Canaries also maintained 55.7% possession and scored 93 goals while conceding 57. The club will face a big challenge in the Premier League, having been relegated after the 2016-2017 campaign.

The club is managed by Daniel Farke, who is also the club’s first and only foreign manager in its existence. The side plays a fast-paced and possession driven style, which helps them secure the title in England’s second division last term. However, like many promoted sides, they will be forced to play against top tier players and managers, which will cause some discomfort for the young side.

Farke recently signed a contract extension to stay with the club until 2022. Credit: Getty Images

Norwich has brought in a few players this transfer window, with veteran goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann being the big name. On loan from Schalke 04, he is a Champion’s League caliber goalkeeper who has seen his fair share of matches in Germany’s top flight, the Bundesliga. He will certainly face a lot of shots this season, with a vulnerable defense ahead of him. I think the club still has a lot of strengthening to do this season if they want to stay up in the Premier League.

The club will have to bring in some defensive-minded players to assist the team in its survival. Tom Trybull had a great campaign last season, with 4.5 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes. If they can get another player to contribute to that sort of production, they will be able to help shield the fullbacks, who are young and inexperienced.

If Norwich wants to splash the cash, they should go after Fiorentina’s Jordan Veretout. He had 3.3 tackles and interceptions in midfield last term, as well as eight-goal involvements. He would be a good gamble for the club to bring in a talented player. For the backline, a player like Niklas Stark at the center back would solidify the center of defense. He averaged 3.2 tackles and interceptions last term for Hertha BSC. Another Center back would be Marc-Oliver Kempf from VFB Stuttgart. He had 3.4 tackles and interceptions per 90, which would help strengthen the center of the defense. Either of those options would probably cost less than 15 million euros and be a good investment for the club.

Credit: Norwich City Website

In attack, the club has Temu Pukki, who scored 29 league goals last term. I think he will not have the same level of output this season, which means the club needs to bring in another forward. Perhaps Dwight Gayle from Newcastle could be a decent and affordable option for the club. He had more than 20 goals in the Championship last season and does have Premier League Experience. Maybe a young attacking player from a big club on loan could be a good option as well. Maybe Lukas Nmencha from Manchester City on loan could be beneficial for both clubs.

Whatever happens in the remainder of this transfer window, Norwich has to strengthen. Newly promoted Aston Villa have signed 12 players this summer, showing their intent to stay up. I think Norwich will finish 18th, finding life hard in the Premier League. They will have the same issue Fulham had last term, trying to play their style of football in an unforgiving league. With the window closing on August 8th and no major signings coming in, they will already seal their fate before the first kick of a ball.

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