Christoph Zimmermann spent 18 months intrinsically linked to 'the fourth tier of German football' - and now he's set for the Premier League. MICHAEL BAILEY pays tribute to a real Norwich City leader of success.
Daniel Farke is maintaining the rhetoric that City were touted for a mid-table finish, so everything thereafter is a bonus as part of his strategy to keep the players focused and the pressure off, and quite rightly so.
It's scarcely more than a year since Mario Vrancic was widely derided as too slow and insufficiently physical to cut it in the Championship and Christoph Zimmermann was written off as a German fourth division defender - yet on Friday night both were absolutely central to City's stunning statement of intent.
When I was growing up the FA Cup was something special, culminating in the day of the final when for just once in the year, TV would devote several hours to the build-up with the game itself the highlight of the football calendar.
Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons were the heroes of the hour as Norwich City's academy starlets played integral roles in firing the Canaries back to the top of the table in a spirited fightback from behind against Rotherham.
Our latest Norwich City player watch kept an eye on CHRISTOPH ZIMMERMANN during last night's goalless stalemate away to Hull, as the defender helped make sure the Canaries held on to their clean sheet.
In Wim Wenders' recently re-released film noir The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty, the central character talks about the existential crisis faced by a keeper facing a spot kick. He'd clearly never seen Norwich City take one.