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A Look At... Norwich City

All you need to know about Saturday’s hosts

8 November 2018

Neil Harris’ men continue on their travels this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship as they look to bounce back from defeat last time out with a visit to Carrow Road, facing second-placed Norwich City.

Daniel Farke’s side sit below only Leeds United on goal difference at the summit of the division having won their last four League matches, with Millwall currently 19th following last weekend’s defeat at Brentford and seeking a first away win of the campaign.

The Lions will also look to improve on a shaky recent record against The Canaries at Carrow Road – a ground they have not won at since a 3-0 victory 50 years ago.

 

Norwich City

Norwich City are the EFL’s sole representatives of Norfolk, having been founded in 1902. The club have hosted matches at Carrow Road since 1935, 16 years after joining the English League, where they have competed ever since. Covering an especially large catchment area of supporters in East Anglia, Norwich boast a considerable fanbase, which has helped them to multiple spells in the top flight as well as two League Cup triumphs – most recently in 1985. The Canaries are into the third season of their current spell in The Championship, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2016. The inaugural season of the newly rebranded Premier League saw Norwich finish third, qualifying the club for their first experience of European football. The Canaries reached the Third Round of the UEFA Cup in 1993/94, losing out to Inter Milan after eliminating Bayern Munich and Vitesse Arnhem. An indifferent season last term saw Norwich finish 14th in The Championship, with Head Coach Farke now looking to build a promotion push.

 

Ones to Watch

Timm Klose (15) joined Norwich City in 2016, following three years with Wolfsburg. The imposing centre-half has gained plaudits for his adaptation to English football and his commanding defensive ability, as well as an improving eye for goal which has seen him notch three times from the back so far this season. Born in Germany but moving to Switzerland at a young age, Klose has represented the Swiss national side on 16 occasions, making his debut in 2011 and donning the colours at the London 2012 Olympics. The defender played for several clubs in Basel as a youth player, before moving to FC Thun and later Nurnberg upon his return to Germany. Signing for Wolfsburg in 2013, Klose was part of the side successful in lifting the German Cup two years later and was brought to Carrow Road by former Canaries boss Alex Neil.

Max Aarons (37) has excelled in the first team under Farke this season after making his debut in the Carabao Cup back in August. Aged just 18, Aarons has held his own extremely well in a right-back slot for The Canaries, making 11 Championship starts and counting. A player tipped by many to enjoy a fruitful career, the teenager has impressed many with his work-rate and calmness belying his years. A former Luton Town academy product, Aarons joined the youth system at Norwich in 2016 and shortly after his senior debut, got on the scoresheet as the team won away at Cardiff City in the Carabao Cup. This was followed by a first call-up to the England U19 side for the young full-back, whose cousin Rolando Aarons has played in the Premier League with Newcastle United.

Emiliano Buendia (17) is another young player who has impressed in his opening games for the promotion hopefuls this season. The Argentine midfielder – known as ‘Emi’ in his homeland – arrived at Carrow Road in the summer from Spanish outfit Getafe, where he had spent eight years as both a youth and senior player.  A diminutive playmaker, Buendia enjoyed a stint in the Real Madrid academy as a youngster, and impressed Farke last season during a season-long loan at Cultural Leonesa. Still just 21, Buendia has scored two goals and made two assists this season and can also be deployed as a wide option. The young midfielder has represented Argentina at U20 level, although turned out for Spain’s U19s the previous year.

Teemu Pukki (22) has enjoyed a terrific start to his Norwich career, after the club captured him from Brondby in Denmark. The Finland international striker netted 55 goals for Brondby, and has 15 strikes from 67 Finnish caps, the first of which came in 2009 as a teenager. Football in the UK has not been strange territory for the 28-year-old, who had a stint at Celtic in 2013/14. Pukki is capable across the entire front line, and has scored seven Championship goals so far in his debut campaign. The Canaries’ leading marksman has also turned out the likes of Sevilla and Schalke, and has been considered a real coup for Farke having signed on a free transfer, complementing consistent Championship hitman Jordan Rhodes in the side.

 

In the Dugout

Daniel Farke has instilled a great deal of belief around Norwich City this season, guiding the club joint-top of the League table with eight wins from their last 10 matches. The former forward spent his playing career in his native Germany, most of which came with SV Lippstadt – boasting a prolific scoring record. Farke retired from playing duties in 2008, and later took the reins as manager with Lippstadt – where he spent six years in charge and won back-to-back championships of the fifth and sixth divisions. In 2015, Farke took over the role of the Borussia Dortmund reserve side, before moving to Carrow Road in 2017. At the age of 42, the German’s mix of experience and potential stands him in good stead for a successful management career.


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