Where does Norwich City boss Daniel Farke’s show of strength leave Nelson Oliveira?
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Daniel Farke may not want to elaborate on the Nelson Oliveira situation but by leaving the Portuguese striker out of City's squad against Swindon his future remains top of the fans' agenda.
After Oliveira was given the night off against the Robins as punishment for his now infamous Craven Cottage celebration, no-one could be left in any doubt that this softly spoken German has a hard-nosed streak.
Farke wants to stop talking about the former Benfica striker but with more than three weeks left before the transfer window shuts many supporters are worried over the future of one of the club's most talented assets.
But Oliveira's popularity and, let's face it, quality, is perhaps clouding the judgment of some supporters.
Farke has not got such a luxury. Whilst his first few months at City have been impressive, every decision he makes will be analysed by his squad and he can't afford to show any sign of weakness.
Coming from the fourth tier of German football it would be so easy for players and supporters to label Farke out of his depth if he indulged any kind of selfish behaviour.
He will be as frustrated as anyone that a start that has seen an impressive point at Fulham allied to cup progress has been overshadowed by Oliveira's show of petulance.
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The ball is now firmly in Oliveira's court – Farke has made it abundantly clear that he won't indulge any kind of selfish streak from any individual.
If Oliveira doesn't apologise and move on from the incident then City may have to make what would be an unpopular decision and part ways with the 26-year-old.
We're not there yet. But Oliveira must show a degree of conciliation in the coming days to convince Farke that his personality can fit into the German's team ethos.
It is no secret that Oliveira has been coveted by other clubs this summer with Championship rivals Reading linked with an £8m bid last month.
The coming weeks will be fascinating, particularly if Oliveira's name is omitted from the team-sheet for the Championship clash against Sunderland on Sunday.
Farke has set out his position on the subject – don't question my authority. Now it's time for Oliveira to do the same.