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Norwich: Smith must axe Kenny McLean in midfield refresh

Norwich fans will be looking forward to a new era of football under their shiny new management team made up of Dean Smith and Craig Shakespeare, two reputable, successful and established premier league coaches.

The former Aston Villa manager and his team will be hoping to breathe new life into the struggling side who currently sit bottom of the table taking just five points and one win from their first eleven games in the Premier League this season, and we predicted that the manager will want to shake up the team to inspire a winning culture and grab some points in their upcoming fixtures.

The Canaries suffered the worst defeat of the season so far in an embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Champions League winners, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with the side conceding 26 goals already.

Dean Smith will be looking to not only improve the disappointing defensive play the side has displayed so far, but also the productivity and capabilities of the midfield three, with their link-up play between the defenders and the attackers being questionable so far.

Unlocking the right midfield to develop play and demand possession could be the key to a more resilient Norwich side who so far have been dominated in every area of the pitch, lacking fight and determination to get back into games.

Should Smith axe McLean?

Definitely!

Definitely!

No way!

No way!

Kenny Mclean, once dubbed “irreplaceable” by recently dismissed Daniel Farke, could be one of the first to be axed from Smith’s side in the upcoming fixture against Southampton.

The £25k-per-week midfielder has failed to impress fans at Carrow Road and doesn’t inspire creativity or resilience in his role in the side currently.

One Norwich fan, Kelly Whiting tweeted: “Swap Gilmour in for Kenny, hopefully he can pass the ball, rather than just wave his arms around….”

Chelsea wonderkid, Billy Gilmour, has failed to get into the Norwich midfield as a regular starter which has baffled both fans and football media personalities no end, especially since the 20-year-old is showing fantastic ability as a first-team starter in the Scotland international side.

Ex-Spurs boss, Harry Redknapp, recently spoke out on the Gilmour situation at Norwich.

“How he’s not playing there… I saw the kid play when he first got in the Chelsea team, I saw him play in the Euros against England, you’d think if you take him at Norwich you’d have half built your team around him,”

It will be interesting to see how Smith sets up his side going forward with a number of young and talented players in the side currently who, with the right tools and coaching, could save Norwich from relegation this season.

However, removing 29-year-old McLean from the side and unleashing Gilmour instead would certainly put him on the right path to becoming an instant success.

In other news: ‘World class’ Billy Gilmour can save Norwich from relegation

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