Next up in my coverage of the newly promoted teams it’s the play-off winners Norwich City FC. Having only been out of the Premier League for 1 year, there will be some familiar names…
Unfortunately for fantasy managers Norwich find themselves back in the Premier League bringing most of the same playing list with them. There are players to enjoy watching amongst this bunch but as a collective they have lacked fantasy returns in the recent past.
John Ruddy (4.5) is as safe as houses to be Norwich’s first keeper. Unfortunately promoted team goalkeepers rarely succeed in fpl, although if you see some upside in Norwich I would be jumping on him as a rotation option. He’s a quality keeper.
Whittaker, Martin, Bassong and Olsson should all be locks in that back four when fit. Each of them are priced at 4.5. They are all capable of pitching in with goals and assists at times, but nothing special. I would look at this defensive unit if they pick up a good run of form or show excellent resilience
At this stage Olsson looks a massive doubt for the start of the season at left back with a shoulder injury. They have picked up Andre Wisdom (4.5) on loan from Liverpool so perhaps a reshuffle will see him start. The man who has been playing left back in pre season since Olsson got injured is Harry Toffolo who is yet to be priced. Perhaps a 4.0 bargain on the cards? Keep an eye out for him…
Nathan Redmond is Norwich’s most exciting talent and comes in at a fair price of 5.5. The 21 year old winger managed 6 goals and 13 assists last season and has his fair share of free kicks. I think we will see those goals and assists reduce in the top flight with Norwich struggling to find the back of the net, however being so young there is improvement in him.
Robbie Brady (5.5) had some success with Hull, but struggled to stay fit. If he can avoid injury and put together some consistent form, he could become solid value.
Wes Hoolahan (5.0) The ‘Irish Messi’ is now 33 and unfortunately didn’t manage to light it up in the Premier League. He’s strong on both feet with a good shot, but can never seem to turn that into goals and assists. His favoured position in behind the striker doesn’t fit Norwich’s style of play, unfortunately he has struggled to fit in.
Jonny Howson (5.0) chipped in with a handy 9 goals and 6 assists last season. He comes in at a handy price of 5.0 and has proven he can compete for fantasy points in the Championship. Unfortunately he has never played an attacking role in the FPL but under different management we could see Howson thrive. Watchlist.
Cameron Jerome (5.0) has played 7 seasons in the PL, yet has never scored more then 11 goals in an single season. He did however manage 20 odd last year as the lone striker. He should pop in with 5-10 goals this season but I wouldn’t be rushing to select him.
Lewis Grabban (4.5) made the interesting move from Bournemouth to Norwich at the start of last season and started like a house on fire with 5 goals in 5 games. He has pace but he is unlikely to fit the lone striker system to be in place at Norwich.
Gary Hooper (4.5) can strike a ball, managing a solid 12 goals and 6 assists last season. At basement price he should attract some interest. He shouldn’t be a starter but may be a decent throwaway bench option. He’s capable of chipping in with 5 or 6 goals this season.
That covers Norwich, only Watford remain of the promoted sides! Look for their analysis in the coming days, thanks for reading.