Style of Norwich City victory continued an encouraging start to Premier League season
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If I could condense my verdict on Norwich City's start to the season in one word it would undoubtedly be, 'impressive'.
From the quality of football we have produced thus far, to the rise of our young fiery manager Alex Neil and to the ageing but still magical talent of Wes Hoolahan, five games in to the season and I feel a healthy wave of optimism for what is still to come.
As the transfer window eases itself shut and the draughts of the last minute emergency loan deals peter out, each side will begin to gel and become more cohesive, so, with the competitive and frantic scheduling of fixtures over Christmas, it will be important to pick up a number of points early to maintain a healthy league position over winter.
The fans seem to be slightly disconcerted that Norwich didn't make a move for another centre-back in the transfer window after Andre Wisdom. My only point on this is that we haven't yet gone a game with a clean sheet and that solid Premier League teams are built on defences that don't concede many goals.
I had also hoped that we would sign a striker with prospect; I feel the one thing our team is really missing is a striker who fans can look to and see as the next club 'record breaker', a player who is going to offer the excitement for Norwich that Michael Owen did for Liverpool, or Andy Cole for United.
Despite this, we still have a technically fantastic squad which, under Neil, is discovering fluidity and dynamism that we never thought possible, but for me, we're still missing a Grant Holt who could carry the team through a bad performance.
One of Neil's interesting challenges over the next few games will be managing our midfield department which, even with the departure of Bradley Johnson, is oversubscribed with players who all want to contribute to the first team.
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Would the fans be receptive to the inclusion of a more defensive outfit of Graham Dorrans, Alex Tettey, Jonny Howson, inset, and Matt Jarvis against sides who are regarded as 'top eight' or would they still be keen to see the inclusion of flair and creativity in the likes of Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond?
As we move on to Liverpool away, I would expect us to set up defensively, but with the ambition to get forward and create chances. I am confident we can come away with a result and put at least another point on the board.
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