Battle is on to impress Daniel Farke in striker scrap

PUBLISHED: 19:12 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:12 13 April 2018

Nelson Oliveira headed a first half chance against the post at Sunderland. 
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Nelson Oliveira headed a first half chance against the post at Sunderland. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke has no favourites in the striker battle between Dennis Srbeny and Nelson Oliveira.

Norwich City’s head coach opted to rotate his leading men during recent games but insists the duel to lead the line at Carrow Road is up for grabs ahead of Cardiff City’s Championship weekend visit.

“It is important to have competition in the striker position.

“We have two highly-motivated strikers at the minute,” said Farke. “Dennis is still adapting to English football and the load in the Championship. I was really pleased with his last performances, especially against Fulham and Aston Villa.

“He is coming into a rhythm but sometimes it is necessary to give him a break.

“Nelson is still pretty motivated, because there is also a chance for him to go to the World Cup.

“The last two away games his workload has been excellent. It is good to have options and we have rotated in that area to try and get a striker who is fresh.

“If I need a big striker like Dennis who can link the play against the ball, like when we played Fulham and Villa, then I can play him.

“Nelson perhaps has the technical ability for a game like Sunderland.

“He was unlucky with his header against the post and also the assist for James Maddison, who would normally score.

“His performance was also solid. Now we have Dennis recreated for this weekend it is good to have these options.”

Srbeny opened his goal account for the club in the previous home league win over Aston Villa.

“We got the feeling he is really improving from week to week,” said Farke. “You can see this from his first appearance at Wolves to the latest one, when it wasn’t so easy for him.

“There were one or two occasions when he lost the ball (against Villa) but he is a smart player, he works always for the group. In the second half he was outstanding. He linked the play for the third goal as well as scored the second.

“It is not so easy against experienced players like (John) Terry and (James) Chester.

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