Journalist Stuart Hodge has predicted that Daniel Farke will tweak Norwich City’s formation at some point this season.
How have Norwich fared so far this season?
Norwich stormed to the Championship title last season, finishing six points clear of their nearest rivals Watford.
They have found things far more challenging on their return to the top-flight, though. The Canaries have lost all four of their Premier League games, conceding 11 goals in the process.
With the side struggling at the back, Hodge feels that Farke may look to change the shape of his team as the season progresses.
What did Hodge say about Farke’s tactics?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Hodge claimed that he expects Farke to show his tactical flexibility this season, and move to a back three in certain games.
He said: “I did call it last year when I said: ‘I think next year we’ll look to play three at the back.’ Absolutely. I think we’ll see that at some points this season with Norwich City, and what could be seen as a 3-4-3 or a 5-2-3.
“But, I think he’s got that boldness tactically, Farke, and that is something that’s to his credit.”
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Would it be a wise move by Farke to switch to a back three?
It would certainly be trying something different.
Since taking over at Carrow Road back in 2017, Farke has almost exclusively stuck to playing with four at the back, usually deploying his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
However, when Norwich were last in the Premier League, it did not work out well. The side picked up just five wins all season, and finished bottom of the table, 14 points adrift of safety.
Upon dropping down to the Championship, Farke remained faithful to his favoured system, and it turned out to be a successful strategy as Norwich secured promotion back to England’s top division.
They have not hit the ground running this year, though, and Farke has already tweaked his formation on a few occasions in the opening weeks of the campaign. This indicates that he is open to the idea of going out of his comfort zone and switching things up.
Playing with a rigid back four has not given Norwich their desired results in the Premier League, so it may be time to try a back three and see if it leads to a change in fortunes.