Norwich manager Daniel Farke likes to take risks. In his team’s first season back in the Premier League, when avoiding relegation was presumably the priority, he has dared his players to play bold football, building out from the back under pressure and keeping hold of the ball regardless of the risks involved with playing that way. The approach hasn’t always brought reward, of course – Norwich are bottom of the table and appear to have little hope of survival. They are, however, one of only two teams outside the traditional big six with an average possession share of more than 50 per cent (along with Brighton), so at least Farke will always know his team stuck to their passing game.
If that wasn’t brave enough, Farke approached Norwich’s return to the top flight with an inexperienced defence. Centre-back Ben Godfrey and left-back Jamal Lewis, both just 22, have proven capable of playing at this level, while in 20-year-old right-back Max Aarons, Norwich have provided one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents. If nothing else comes from this season, they at least stand to make serious money in the transfer market once the season comes to an end, with Aarons linked to a host of the biggest clubs in the country.