Norwich Team Guide
This week our scouts turn their attention to newly promoted Norwich City in search of hidden gems for your Fantasy EPL teams this season. Norwich finished third in the League Championship last season, and had to earn promotion the hard way via the play-offs. A convincing 2-0 win against Middlesbrough, thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome & Nathan Redmond, in the playoff final on the 26th of May, sealed their promotion back to the Premier League.
Team Stats from 2014/15
Defensively Norwich were one of the best in the Championship last season. They conceded 48 goals from their 46 league matches, earning 14 clean sheets along the way. They also only conceded 1 goal in 19 other matches, meaning from 46 games they conceded non or 1 goal in 33 of those matches. In terms of home vs away, they conceded equally 24 goals at home & away, but with 6 cleans sheets at home vs 8 clean sheets away, they were slightly tidier away. Sebastien Bassong, Stephen Whittaker and John Ruddy all have solid Premier League experience, so should help keeping things organized for the step up.
Attacking wise, Norwich had the third best attack in the Championship with 88 goals from their 46 league matches, at an average of 1.91 goals per game. Striker Cameron Jerome was their main striker, leading the line with 20 goals and 6 assists. Trigger happy Bradley Johnson from midfield had the most shots on goal in the team and contributed 15 goals himself. Lewis Grabban and Gary Hooper provided other striking options in rotations, providing 12 goals a piece. Bringing creativity and opening attacking opportunities were speeding, young English winger Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolahan, who setup 23 goals between them.
Player Stats from 2014/15
Here’s a detailed look at Norwich’s player stats from the 2014/15 Season in the League Championship.
|POS||PLAYER||Matches Started||Sub Appearance||Goals Scored||Shots on Goals||Shots On Target||Assists|
|F||Ricky van Wolfswinkel||0||0||0||0||0||0|
First 5 Gameweek Fixtures
Norwich City have quite a favorable start to the season in that they avoid all the ‘big gun’ Champions League clubs in the first 5 weeks.
The open the season at home to Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace, who have reenforced well over the summer. Then it’s away to Sunderland who struggled last season, which could bring some points and a first win for Norwich. Then Stoke at home and Southampton away look like tough mid-table battlers fighting for every ball, before welcoming fellow promoted club AFC Bournemouth at home. Norwich could quite easily manage 2 wins and 2 draws from that run, and bag a few goals.
Key Players for FPL
Nathan Redmond £5.5 Midfield *Star Pick*
Midfielder Nathan Redmond is the stand our Norwich player from our scouting, and looks to have the potential to deliver the points in the team this season. A few clubs looked at Redmond in the January transfer window last season, he’s a pacey dribbling midfielder along the lines of Raheem Sterling, but still a work in progress. He has represented England at under 21 level and his 6 goals and 13 assists from 46 appearances shows you he’s a key player for Norwich. He’s our main pick for Norwich players this season.
Cameron Jerome £5.0 Striker
If you’re looking for a cheap third striker to rotate in your Fantasy Football team, then Cameron Jerome might just be your man. He’s coming off a 20 goals season, and yet is priced at just £5.0 which is an incredible bargain. We all saw what Charlie Austin and Danny Ings did in the premier league last season, also coming off 20 goals Championship seasons. It’s yet to be knowns how Norwich will adjust to life in the Premier League, but with Redmond and Hoolahan creating chances – Jerome might just bad 10 goals or so this season. Good option as a cheap rotating striker.
Stephen Whittaker £4.5 Defender
If you’re looking for a super cheap attacking minded defender who’s going to be a starter, then Stephen Whittaker might just be your man. The right back picked up 5 assists and 2 goals last season, and will look to get forward and proving that attacking width. Picking defenders from newly promoted teams can be a real danger, so only pick for selected fixtures in rotation, not as a main stayer on your starting 11.