Despite Daniel Farke’s assertion in this morning’s EDP that we shouldn’t read anything into the omission up to that point in pre-season matches of Nelson Oliveira, guess what?
Nelson is not on the list for the first team squad’s trip to Germany.
City have officially arrived in Germany for their next stage of pre-season! #ncfc ????????
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) July 13, 2018
Here’s the squad in full:
Norwich will be playing matches over the next week against Paderborn, Union Berlin and Wolfsburg but they’ll be doing that without their temperamental Portuguese striker, Nelson Oliveira.
The official explanation is that Nelson was given an extra week off, having been on standby for the Portugal World Cup squad, although that sounds slightly odd to me. Why do you need another week off if you’re only on standby?
Russell Martin is another who has not been named on the first team squad list but the previously out of favour defender and former Club Captain has traveled and is with the U23s.
What to make of Nelson Oliveira’s omission from the tour list then?
It makes me think, and I imagine you too, that he’s not going to be a part of the squad this season. Norwich will probably be looking to sell him and I get the impression that Nelson would be happy to leave too.
No doubt the EDP boys will ask these questions of Daniel Farke in the next day or two. It’ll be interesting to hear his answers.