Daniel Farke likes to take risks. In Norwich’s first season back in the Premier League, when avoiding relegation was their priority, he dared his players to play bold football, building out from the back under pressure and keeping hold of the ball regardless of the risks. That approach didn’t always bring reward, of course – Norwich made an immediate return to the Championship. Outside of the traditional big six, only Leicester and Brighton recorded a higher average possession share, so Farke will at least always know his team stuck to their passing game.
If that wasn’t brave enough, Farke approached Norwich’s return to the Premier League with an inexperienced defence. Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis, at 22, both proved themselves at that level, and at 20, Max Aarons emerged as one of the division’s most exciting talents. “I wouldn’t sell Max Aarons, not for £100m, because he’s too important for us, but that’s quite normal,” Farke said of a right-back expected to one day compete with Trent Alexander Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Reece James for selection for England.