Norwich City column: Edward Seaman sees sense in two holding players
It was almost a case of déjà vu for Norwich City as for a second season running Daniel Farke’s Canaries required a late equaliser to ensure an opening-day point.
While last year’s headlines were about Nelson Oliveira’s infamous celebration, this time around they were focussed on Onel Hernandez.
The Cuban showed glimpses of real quality following his arrival in January and with a full pre-season under his belt, looks in the mood to take up the goalscoring mantle left by James Maddison.
Granted you could argue the ‘keeper should have done better with his first goal, but the 25-year-old showed real composure to equalise for the second time at the death.
But while the final outcomes were similar, the line-up on Saturday could barely have been more unrecognisable from the trip to Fulham 12 months ago – with James Husband the only player to feature in both.
If nothing else, it is a sign of how – after three windows at the helm – Farke and Stuart Webber are starting to mould the squad they want.
It would be naive to read too much into any opening-day fixture, but the draw did give us some indicators of what’s in store over the next nine months.
The main point I would pick up on is Farke’s selection of two defensive midfielders – a move which has split opinion among City fans.
While Tom Trybull was always likely to start at St Andrews, the inclusion of Alex Tettey was somewhat of a surprise after the 32-year-old missed most of pre-season.
For me it shows that Farke has learnt about this league and the fact that, on occasions, you do require a certain element of steel to pick up points away from home.
It will be interesting to see whether Farke adopts the same approach for tomorrow’s visit of West Brom – I for one would unleash Moritz Leitner and Kenny McLean.