Norwich City will be playing Premier League football again next season for the first time in three years.
The Canaries spent three seasons in the Championship following their relegation from the top-flight in 2016 under Alex Neil.
Daniel Farke joined the club in the second Championship campaign, leading the club to a 14th-place finish – behind local rivals Ipswich Town.
However, the German was given time to bring in his own players and secured the title last season – racking up 94 points in the league, whilst scoring over 100 goals in all competitions.
Norwich will now be hoping to prepare well for the Premier League as they look to avoid the drop at the first time of asking, something which they failed to do in the 2015/16 season.
But how will Norwich steer clear of relegation? Here are 10 things Norwich need to do to avoid being relegated in 2020…
No drastic changes to the style
Although there will, of course, need to be tweaks to the way Daniel Farke sets out his side in the Premier League compared to the Championship, but he shouldn’t lose his way. Even if Norwich struggle at first, Farke needs to stick to his guns and continue to play the way he wants to play, regardless of any outside noise suggesting otherwise.
Give Pukki chances
There are already questions over whether or not Teemu Pukki will be a success in the Premier League. If Norwich can provide him with chances he will score. It is as simple as that. You need a consistent goalscorer if you want to survive in the Premier League and Pukki will be that if they can create the chances.
Have no fear
If Norwich want to stay up, they need to go to the big grounds and play without fear. They need to travel to the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea without doubts about their quality and way of playing. If they do that, there is nothing to suggest that they cannot spring a surprise and pick up some crucial points against the big six.
Sign a goalkeeper
If Norwich are going to go into the Premier League and look to play attacking, expansive, football, they are going to need a good goalkeeper. You can’t be letting up chances on the break and not have a competent number one to keep you in games. Krul conceded far too many soft goals last season and it will cost Norwich in the Premier League, regardless of how much of a nice guy he is off the pitch. It cost Norwich in the 2015/16 season with John Ruddy and the club can’t make the same mistake again.
Keep hold of their young talents
The transfer season is already well underway and some of Norwich’s best young players are being linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham. Norwich need to make sure that they keep hold of Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis, as they will all be pivotal in keeping the club alive in the top-flight for many years to come.
Add more goals from midfield
Onel Hernandez, Marco Stiepermann and Emi Buendia all chipped in with goals last season in the Championship, but the depth beyond them for the three positions behind the striker is non-existent. Todd Cantwell was the only alternative and he struggled to contribute with goals or assists in his appearances. Norwich being linked to David Turnbull, who scored 16 goals for Motherwell last season, could be the club trying to fulfil this point.
Cut out the mistakes at the back
Norwich conceded the most goals by any Championship (since the rebranding) title-winning side ever. Although Tim Krul should have done much better for a number of goals, there were games where the defence also let him down. If Norwich are going to pick up points in the Premier League then they need to cut out the individual errors at the back, whilst also signing a new goalkeeper or hoping Tim Krul improves from last season.
Even if Norwich are in the relegation zone towards January, the club need to stick with Farke and have faith in him. They did it in the Championship and it paid off, so the German needs to be given the full season to try to keep Norwich in the best league in the world.
Be smart in the market
Norwich have already made one signing in the window, Patrick Roberts on loan from Manchester City, and need to further add to that in order to stay up. Farke needs more quality injected into his team, to add to the current squad and give them the best chance of survival. Rather than spending £20m+ on a striker to score a load of goals, Norwich need to be smart in the window and pick out good options that suit the style Farke wants to play.
Getting the midfield balance right
Norwich have plenty of options for the midfield two in Farke’s 4-2-3-1 system and they need to get the balance right in the Premier League. Farke will need to decide who he partners alongside Trybull, who is the most natural defensive player, with Kenny McLean, Mario Vrancic and Mo Leitner all in contention.