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Premier League quest is not causing Farke sleepless nights

Emi Buendia has more assists than anyone else in the Championship since the turn of the year after his brace at Millwall Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Emi Buendia has more assists than anyone else in the Championship since the turn of the year after his brace at Millwall Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Working out how many points Norwich City need to reach the Premier League is not keeping Daniel Farke awake at nights. Who makes his starting line up is a different matter entirely.

Daniel Farke is only focused on the job in hand against Swansea 
Picture: Focus Images/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke is only focused on the job in hand against Swansea Picture: Focus Images/Focus Images Ltd

Farke must decide whether to stick or twist against Swansea City on Friday night, with the likes of Moritz Leitner, Timm Klose, Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey all ready for duty.

“I don’t worry about what points we need (for promotion). In football you must face the reality and that is a pretty tough game against Swansea,” he said. “I don’t dream about that (managing in the Premier League) I dream about other things.

“I am only focused on what is important now, which is the team selection for Swansea and when we have so many quality players that means sleepless nights. There is lots of competition and you can see that in training this week.

“It is not so easy for me, because they are keen to be back in the team.”

Moritz Leitner has had to bide his time since returning to full fitness Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdMoritz Leitner has had to bide his time since returning to full fitness Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

To illustrate the point, Leitner was instrumental in Norwich’s composed 4-1 Championship win in Wales earlier this season before injury disrupted his campaign.

“You know how much I trust him and like his way. He was praised in the first half of the season as probably the best midfielder in the Championship and it was well deserved,” said Farke. “He was outstanding. It is not so much that I am tempted to put him in because he did so well at Swansea last time, you have to remember he was in his rhythm and since then he has been out for many months.

“Even a player of his quality it is not easy to be immediately at the same level again. I am always tempted to bring experienced lads back but it also depends on the opponent.

“When you win games and that group is doing so well and scoring goals against strong opponents you don’t have to force things too much.”

Todd Cantwell has trained this week after a quad injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTodd Cantwell has trained this week after a quad injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Farke knows Swansea have the ammunition to trouble his side.

“They have top Championship quality,” he said.

“I am always full of respect for (Oli) McBurnie. He was brilliant in his last loan spell at Barnsley and we struggled with him. Then (Bersant) Celina and (Dan) James have so much potential. They can play on a Premier League level.”

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