Date: 14th November 2017 at 7:11pm
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The International break came at a good time for Norwich City, although we would all have preferred to go into it with a win.

The legs were looking tired and a disappointing lack of goals was becoming a big issue in the two defeats prior to even that laboured loss at Bolton.

That was a defeat in which Cameron Jerome came out of it as the scapegoat. His failure to hit the target from around 9 yards just about summed the situation up.

Jerome is not a striker that could be described as “clinical.” He needs more than the couple of chances per game that he`s getting at the moment but he has scored plenty of goals at this level when he gets good service.

Jerome`s woes in front of goal run deeper than him just being rubbish. That`s not fair as he has proven for his entire career, when he gets service. It`s why he`s never succeeded in the Premier League. He`s always played for teams at the lower end of the table that don`t create loads of chances and it was certainly like that when he played there with the Canaries.

In my opinion, and I`m sure that he knows this, Daniel Farke needs to rethink the chance creation from his squad.

Bearing in mind that we scored loads of goals last season, the most of any team actually, there is clearly chance creation within our players.

So, what to do?

Initially, Farke started the season playing 4-1-4-1 and it didn`t go too well with loads of goals conceded and not many scored. Shoring up that leaky defence was paramount and that was done, helped by the return of Klose and also playing Stiepermann at left back.

The problem has still been the lack of goals though and I`ve had a thought or two about it and I figured I`d run it by you.

I think that I would consider a change back to 4-1-4-1.

It`s a system that Farke used to great effect when he was a coach at Dortmund, and with the right players, it could work again.

Speaking purely in the moment and considering who is fit and available at the moment, this is the team I would try on Saturday against Barnsley.






I`d go for a couple of changes in the back four with Husband coming in at left back and Hanley in the centre.

Husband took some time to settle but looks up to speed, having hardly played in the previous year and that allows me to put Stiepermann in the midfield.
Getting back to the defence though, I`d bring Hanley in for Zimmermann. Zim has made a couple of mistakes lately that make me think the time is right for the big summer signing to try to forge a partnership with Timm Klose.

In the midfield, I`ve gone for pace on the wings with Yanic and Josh. None of this one winger on one side and a central midfielder on the other flank, no, pace kills and these boys have it in spades.

In the centre, James Maddison is obviously going to play but alongside him would be Marco Stiepermann, who is a midfield player by trade. Marco brings some steel and could help Tom Trybull out if needed with Super Tom being the defensive shield.

Up front, I`m hoping, desperately like the rest of you, that Nelson Oliveira is fit again. If so, he is another obvious starter with Jerome getting a rest. Nelson is a more reliable finisher, needing fewer chances to score than Jerome. He can also make something happen out of nothing with a bit of skill, making a yard to get a shot off.

So that`s my thoughts, I`m not sure if we`ll see such a radical change from Farke because he wants us to have an identity, a way of playing and he might see these sort of changes as being a bit “knee jerk.”

Will he go with the famailiar 4-2-3-1? Probably. If he does, I`d still favour two wide men but I might choose Marley Watkins to add a bit more strength and defensive discipline.

It`s not easy being a coach, that much is clear and getting it right is so tricky and dependent on so many different things. Form and fitness being the two biggest factors.

If you’re about tonight, I`m on the Pink ‘Un show at 7pm on YouTube, where I shall be pushing this point of view, amongst other things, live from the Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road.

Come and say “hello” if you`re passing.


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