Date: 22nd November 2019 at 3:47pm
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Daniel Farke has been speaking to the media ahead of Norwich City’s game against Everton on Saturday and he’s given us some very good news and some bad news. I don’t see why we always have to have the bad news whenever we have some good news but that seems to be the story of our season, so far.

The good news is that Christoph Zimmermann is fit and available for the game.

The bad news is that Jamal Lewis is out, Josip Drmic will be out for around eight weeks and Grant Hanley has had an unspecified setback in training.

Over at the Vital Norwich Forum, long-standing member FC Bears has summarised today’s presser.

So Hanley is out again – hasn’t been able to train he has picked up another issue.

Drmic was injured against Watford and it’s a serious muscle injury, He is out for 2 months at least. So our forward line is Pukki and Srbeny – oh dear.

Lewis is out.

Goooood news is – Zimmermann is back and training and has said he is available to play. DF said he isn’t sure if he will start him but Zimmermann is tough and wants to play.

McLean is also fit again and can play.

Pukki is okay to play – he had a slight issue but okay – he didn’t sleep much but is positive and ready. DF says he is full of confidence.

DF says that they have the players to change the formation from the 4-2-3-1 to cover Lewis injury –

How will the do that? Unless they go with Zimmermann – Godfrey – Amadou at the back and have to attacking wing backs in Aarons and Byram?

It doesn’t fill me with confidence when DF says

‘I hope that I choose the right formation for tomorrow’

On Adam Idah:

“Adam (Idah) isn’t far away from the first team, that’s why we didn’t send him on loan. We wanted him close to the whole group and we believe he could play in the Premier League in the short-term.”

There’s a big difference between Premier League football and youth international football, but that’s good for Idah’s confidence’

DF says that Roberts really wants to play but Cantwell’s performances have kept him out………………..I am sure Hernandez has been playing and not Cantwell? He also drops a little nugget of info for the reason Roberts isn’t playing and it is basically that Roberts hasn’t done enough and hasn’t tried hard enough.

He says that Cantwell stepped up his performances and effort because of Hernandez and Roberts……Roberts obviously hasn’t.

If Zimmermann is able to start at Goodison Park then he simply has to, in my opinion. That will allow Amadou or Tettey to play in the midfield and act as a shield for the over-worked backline.

I know that a lot is being out upon Zimbo’s shoulders but we need him desperately. The setback for Hanley makes me think that there will definitely be an attempt to recruit a centre-back in January.
Just imagine if we hadn’t sold Marcel Franke – he’d have played nearly half the season!

The loss of Drmic for two months is a big blow too because, god forbid, if anything were to happen to Teemu Pukki, we’d be down to Srbeny and Idah, not an encouraging thought.

What Formation Should Farke Play At Everton?

4-2-3-1

4-2-3-1

3-5-2

3-5-2

4-1-4-1

4-1-4-1

4-3-3

4-3-3

Fingers crossed that Daniel Farke does work out what formation to play against the toffees and he gets it right because with the loss of Jamal Lewis, coupled with the return of Zimmermann, it could just be the right time to try something different, partially out of necessity but also to see if we can stop shipping so many goals.

OTBC

 
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