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Norwich City: Ready for Europe?

Can Hughton lead Norwich into Europe this season? (©GettyImages)
Can Hughton lead Norwich into Europe this season? (©GettyImages).

Norwich City so far have signed a number of quality players this summer - including two clinical strikers in the form of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and former Celtic forward Gary Hooper. 

As well as this the club have taken 14 players off their books including former fan-favourite Grant Holt, who moved on to Wigan Athletic. 

However, with all of this summer business they have gone under the radar. With almost no pressure on their shoulders and now equipped with a line-up that can take on the top-half of the table all Norwich will hope for is consistency.

Javier Garrido has already experienced a Premier League season the new signings will look to him for advice on how to survive a gruelling campaign. New strikers Hooper and van Wolfswinkel will be hungry for goals and victory as they already have experience in European competition. 

Behind the two Redmond and Fer will be looking to open up defences and give the attackers chances. Norwich last season conceded 58 goals which is a decent record that they will hope to improve but they will certainly be able to net 41 goals in the new season.

Alongside this some clubs will fall from the top-half of the table. Swansea could have a season like Newcastle, so it will be difficult for the squad to play to maximum potential in both competitions due to the sheer number of games. 

Having lost loanee Romelu Lukaku West Brom will find it hard to reproduce the goals that he scored and so far haven't strengthened enough.

Everton and West Ham could also experience some problems through-out the season which Norwich must take advantage of. The opposition looks like it may find it hard to stay in their positions, giving Norwich the perfect opportunity to really climb the table.

Norwich also claimed some major scalps last season by beating Manchester United and City and also beating Arsenal 1-0. At one stage, they were one of the most in-form teams in Europe by going unbeaten over a 10-game-span and drawing just four times. 

So Norwich know how to win, can claim that consistency can be found and at some points of last-season showed how good their football was. Expect more of the same as Hughton has now added new faces which will thrive from their attacking opportunities and play some great football.

By the way this summer has gone, Norwich might improve on last season and even try and stake a European place.

 

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