Kieran Dowell worked his way into the championship title perfectly during the run-in at Norwich City
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It would have been extremely disappointing if City had finally sealed their league title following Watford’s loss at Brentford. The emphatic and stylish demolition of a Reading team on Saturday that had started the game so well was an extremely satisfying way to sum things up.
It’s ironic that City, after doing so in set pieces throughout the season Had looked well organized, conceded the first goal from a free kick, but when they were back on track it was pretty much one-way traffic with just one standout performance from Rafael Cabral at Reading gate keeping his side off a Huddersfield-esque pounding fern.
Daniel Farke has to be happy about how Kieran Dowell has finished 10th in the last few weeks. For me, the position behind Teemu Pukki was the missing piece in City’s puzzle for most of the season and resulted in multiple attempts to stick square pegs into a round hole, but it seems like he found the perfect solution.
Not only is Dowell a natural goalscorer, having scored five goals in the last nine games, his sharpness and superb off-ball movement make it virtually impossible for opponents to end City’s attack threat when they are also with Emi Buendia and Emi Buendia have to grapple with Todd Cantwell.
The only downside of the game was Oliver Skipp’s metatarsal injury, and there was something symbolic about a player who fell into the ground for his team week after week and just before the final whistle of the game that ended Citys, journey to the title fell unchallenged.
Regardless of whether we will ever see him in a City jersey again or not Not, Skipp’s contribution to the club was unforgettable and he probably contributed more to the Canary Islands than any other borrower.
It was also pretty sad that no fans could be there to watch Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey, who were making their last appearances on Carrow Road had to say goodbye.
In his first season at Norwich, Vrancic took some time to adjust to the pace and physicality of the championship, but then played a key role in City’s first ascent under Farke with some staggering goals and although he last fought in the Premier League in the season he only started six games, he made a significant contribution to the success of this campaign, despite having often not played in the right position.
He will be missed, but Tettey’s departure really seems like the end of an era. He has enjoyed three promotions since arriving in 2012, but has also remained loyal to the club through three rounds of relegation and is sure to find himself in the Hall of Fame at some point. He’s also the last link to the 2014/15 play-off squad, of course.
It’s always sad when popular members of the squad leave, especially someone who has served as long as Tettey, but as the City for the last time Increased loyalty to the players who brought them there, some of them effectively became passengers while staying in the Premier League and the fact that the club has been unable to develop some has left them under financial strain even though they had no future in Norwich.
The self-financing model leaves no room for mood and it is important that all available funds in the gaming budget are channeled to players who are able to contribute at a higher level because if City is to survive in the Premier League next season they are going to need a much bigger squad depth than last time, especially if their injuries are They have reached the level of the last two seasons.
Stuart Webber and Farke may have made the mistake of showing undue loyalty in the past, but they won’t make it twice.
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