Poll results: Norwich City fans want club to sign a new central defender

Sebastien Bassong has been an ever-present in central defence for Norwich City in the Premier League

Sebastien Bassong has been an ever-present in central defence for Norwich City in the Premier League this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Two years ago Norwich City fans were worrying about who was going to score the goals which would keep the Canaries in the Premier League – but no longer.

It is conceding too many goals that has become the threat to City's top-flight status this time around, with 11 flying past Declan Rudd in the past three matches.

After losing 5-4 to Liverpool in an epic encounter at Carrow Road at the weekend Alex Neil's team have now conceded 43 goals in 23 games.

Only second-from-bottom Sunderland have conceded more – 46 so far – as three successive losses have seen the Canaries slip to within two points of the relegation zone.

That current total is also higher than the relegation-bound City team of 2013-14 had conceded (35) after 23 games and just one less than the team of 2004-05 had (42) at the same stage, who also slipped through the top-flight trapdoor.

It seems those recent defensive wobbles are behind supporters voting in our poll opting for a new centre-back as their main priority before Monday night's transfer deadline.

Of more than 1,500 votes cast, 55pc would like to see another centre-back brought in.

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Clearly the Liverpool game is still fresh in people's minds and £8million signing Timm Klose has not yet had his chance to shore up that back-line but it is also clear that many fans still want further reinforcements.

Scoring goals has been much less of a problem for the current Canaries though, currently out-scoring eight of their rivals in the top tier, with 28 goals so far.

Of City's four most recent Premier League campaigns, only Paul Lambert's team of 2011-12 had scored more by this point (32).

That did not prevent 28pc of votes going in the direction of a new striker though – as the pressure of the survival battle begins to increase.

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