Ebene News – GB – Robin Sainty: Dowell – round hole, round peg

Kieran Dowell scored perfectly in Norwich City’s run for the championship
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It would have been hugely disappointing if City had finally sealed their league title following Watford’s loss to Brentford, so the categorical and elegant demolition of a Reading side who had started the game so well was one way extremely satisfying to wrap things up up

It’s ironic that, having looked so well organized on set pieces throughout the season, City conceded the first goal on a free kick, but once they got back to the right conditions, it was more of a one-way traffic, with only exceptional performance by Rafael Cabral with the aim of reading keeping his side of a Huddersfield type pounding

Daniel Farke must be thrilled with how Kieran Dowell has clinched number 10 over the past few weeks For me, the position behind Teemu Pukki has been the missing piece in City’s puzzle for much of the season and resulted in several attempts to insert square dowels into a round hole, but now it looks like he has found the perfect solution

Not only is Dowell a natural goalscorer, contributing five goals in the last nine games, but his finesse and excellent movement off the ball make it virtually impossible for opponents to end City’s offensive threat so that they also have to face Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell

The only downside to the game was Oliver Skipp’s metatarsal injury and there was something symbolic about a player hitting the ground for his team week after week, collapsing on the grass without dispute just before the final whistle of the match who completed City’s journey to the title

Whether or not we see him again in a city jersey, Skipp’s contribution to the club has been unforgettable and he has arguably contributed more for the Canaries than any previous moneylender

It was also rather sad that no fan was able to be there to give Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey a good start, who were making their last appearances at Carrow Road.

In his first season at Norwich, Vrancic took some time to adjust to the pace and physicality of the Championship, but went on to play a key role in City’s first promotion under Farke with goals mind-blowing and although he struggled in the Premier League last season, starting just six games, he has made a significant contribution to the success of this campaign, although he has often played out of position

He will be missed, but Tettey’s departure truly seems like the end of an era Since arriving in 2012, he has enjoyed three promotions, but has also remained loyal to the club through three relegations and will surely end up in the Hall of fame It is also, of course, the last link to the winning team of the 2014/15 play-offs

It’s always sad when popular squad members leave, especially someone as long as Tettey, but the last time City increased their loyalty to the players who brought them there , a number of them did become passengers during the Premier League stay and the club’s failure to move some of them forward resulted in financial leakage, although they have no future in Norwich

The self-funding model leaves no room for sentiment and it is vital that all funds available in the gaming budget can be funneled to players who can contribute at a higher level, because if City are to survive in the Premier League next season they’ll need a lot more team depth than last time around, especially if their injury list reaches the kind of levels they’ve seen in the past two seasons.

Stuart Webber and Farke may have made the mistake of being overly loyal in the past, but they won’t get it twice

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Ebene News – GB – Robin Sainty: Dowell – round hole, round peg

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