Norwich City claimed a bit of a scalp in the Championship last night, bagging all three points against a side many tipped for the title at the start of the season – Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough.
The tight and cagey 1-0 win will mostly remembered for a wonder strike from 20-year-old youngster James Maddison, but it also provided arguably the best performance yet from one of the Canaries’ summer signings – Marley Watkins, who arrived on a free transfer from Barnsley back in June.
The versatile attacker, who Transfermarkt value at £900k, has struggled to find his role in the setup at Carrow Road, featuring as a support striker and a right winger already this season.
But manager Daniel Farke started the 26-year-old on the left for the first time in the Championship last night and the tactical switch worked a treat; Watkins not only playing a key role in Maddison’s goal by winning the ball on the left wing and playing it inside but also enjoying a fine all-round game – making the most tackles of any Norwich player and completing 95% of his passes.
It still wasn’t a perfect performance from the 6 foot 1 midfielder who may need more time to settle into life at his new club, but an outing on the left has at least highlighted what he can offer the Canaries going forward.