Leitner shows he’s worthy of loan return as midfielder continues to create for Canaries during dreadful defeat at Wednesday

Moritz Leitner waves goodbye to the Norwich City fans as his loan ends, but will he return next seas

Moritz Leitner waves goodbye to the Norwich City fans as his loan ends, but will he return next season? Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our final Norwich City player watch of the season followed the fortunes of midfielder Moritz Leitner, as the German completed his loan from Augsburg during a dreadful 5-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Here's how his afternoon unfolded...

Moritz Leitner fires a shot at goal during City's heavy loss at Hillsborough. Picture: Paul Chestert

Moritz Leitner fires a shot at goal during City's heavy loss at Hillsborough. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

1 – Nips in ahead of Barry Bannan to clear a loose Timm Klose pass. Soon after chucks himself into a tackle on Atdhe Nuhiu in his own box to clear the danger.

5 – Left chasing shadows as Wednesday put their foot on the pedal but Fernando Forestieri scuffs a shot wide.

11 – Turns back on a Forestieri shot but the shot is poor. Moves further forward as Ivo Pinto comes on for James Maddison and Harrison Reed goes into midfield.

12 – Thumps a volley back across goal but Glenn Loovens clears, takes over corner duties.


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23 – Looks to have made a decent tackle on Lucas Joao in his own half but adjudged to have clipped the forward's ankles.

27 – Shoved over by Joey Pelupessy, winning a free-kick, but looking rather lost in the number 10 position.

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29 – Floats a free-kick in but Klose can't keep the ball in play.

34 – Spots a gap and fine ball through to Reed, who wins a corner, which they combine for to take short and waste.

35 – Fires a pass in to Onel Hernandez centrally but Loovens steps up and intercepts.

68 – Robs Nuhiu in midfield and sets Hernandez away on the right, whose low cross is held by Cameron Dawson.

69 – Threads Nelson Oliveira into the right channel and the striker pulls a shot beyond the far post.

75 – Combines with Hernandez and low cross is controlled by Oliveira but completely wasted.

76 – Heads a Pinto cross from the right agonisingly wide.

78 – Can't quite connect with a Pinto cross with his head.

83 – ASSIST – Short corner routine and pass deflects to Klose, who lashes the ball in.

90+2 – Barged over by Forestieri, whips an awful free-kick beyond the far post and head drops in disappointment.

Verdict: Initially peripheral after moving to a more advanced role but was eventually creating City's attacks, with plenty wasted. Certainly worth pursuing a further loan, has clear passing ability but has to realise he won't always have time and space to pick his pass.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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