This season’s relegation battle in the English Premier League is one of the closest in recent years.
10 teams are arguably involved in the fight to avoid the Championship,with just seven points separating 10th from the relegation zone.
One of the teams really in trouble are Norwich City. Although it is in no way a surprise considering the way they have been playing this season, they would have been expected to do better since the beginning of the season.
The main factor that have led to Norwich sitting only four points clear of 18th place and relegation is that with the squad they have they should probably be placed as a decent mid-table team, in the same situation as Southampton or, to a lesser extent, Hull who have done well this season.
Norwich brought some great players in like Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, but the two have failed to come up with the goods, scoring only eight goals between them since the beginning of the season.
That lack of goal scoring ability is staggering compared to their goal tallies last season, as they managed a total of 51 goals in all competitions, over double what the Canaries have achieved this season at 20 goals in the Premier League.
As for the defensive side of the team, they have been disappointing, conceding 39 goals in the league, leaving them with a goal difference of -19; worrying to say the least.
However, the defence was not subject to a lot of investment this summer, which leaves the door open to criticism of the manager, Chris Hughton.
Hughton, whose previous jobs include Newcastle United and Birmingham City, has been accused of playing too rigid a formation and not letting his creative players such as Robert Snodgrass and Nathan Redmond having enough freedom to go beyond the strikers and cause problems for the opposing defence.
However, there is naturally the fact that many of the players signed to the club in the summer where from abroad and therefore have had to take time to adapt, meaning they struggled to do well in the first half of the season, leading to their current difficult position.
Although it is also possible that this season is exceptional in all sorts of ways, with teams like Sunderland, Crystal Palace and West Ham having revivals after being written off at one point or another in the season and that their underperformance is directly linked to the unpredictability of the league.
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