If you are a Norwich fan, this season must be one of pure frustration.
There have been good performances, like beating Manchester United, and taking points off both Liverpool, But it has been a typical Norwich in the Premier League term, where good performances such as loosing narrowly 5-4 to Liverpool, as well as 2-2 to West Ham, have put them at risk of relegation yet again.
The Canaries currently sit in 17th, one point off safety, and in real danger of living up to their yoyo club status. For many, Norwich were lucky to beat a good Middlesbrough team in the play-off final last season, and as a lot of people predicted are struggling to beat the drop.
Although Norwich are yet to drop into the relegation zone, Newcastle and Sunderland spent well in the January transfer window in an attempt to buy their way to safety. Norwich are winless in eight matches, and if they do not improve their slide could take them further down to the bottom.
With the Norfolk side set to face four of the top five between now and the end of the season, tough times are ahead. They face table toppers Leicester City next, which could either prove to be yet another disappointing loss but also a chance to grab an unexpected, yet very important win for the Canaries.
Luckily for Norwich they still have to face their relegation rivals: Swansea, Sunderland and Newcastle. These matches come within 14 days of each other, with a meeting with Crystal Palace wedged in between.
Matches against Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Watford and possibly Manchester United are unlikely to see the Canaries get all three points. This means that,for the other games, they will need to be clinical, they will need to take full advantage of the matches to get all three points. If they don’t, then they will seriously struggle to stay up.
When you look at their past results, they have struggled against their relegation rivals, being comfortably beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth and 6-2 by a very inconsistent Newcastle. Since then they have shut up shop, being defensively sound and not conceding stupid goals (bar the Liverpool result).
But they do have experience in their ranks. Timm Klose looks to be a very good signing, as does the capture of Steven Naismith from Everton. Add that in with other talents like Redmond, Jarvis, Brady, Howson, Hoolahan and Bamford, and Norwich do appear to have a good enough side to stay in the Premier League.
It will very much be a case of taking advantage of opportunites, and if they don’t they could see themselves back in the Championship.