Norwich City
Norwich City – State of the season
Steve Barber
69 days ago
Norwich City have never given up the fight to avoid relegation this season and can, whatever the outcome, hold their heads up high.

Where they stand

The Canaries are rock bottom of the table with 21 points after 29 games and still probably need another five wins from their last nine to beat the drop.

That looks like a tall order for a team that have won only five Premier League games so far and taken just six points away from home. Although relegation seems almost certain for Norwich, the club are on a much better financial footing than when they last sunk back down to the Championship and will be among the favourites to bounce back up after tying down a number of key players and personnel down to extended deals.

What's left to play for

There's still a remote chance that Norwich can pull off one of the most memorable escapes in recent history given that they have some winnable games - on paper at least - still yet to play.

There is also quite a lot of money to play for in terms of the final finishing position, which could be a difference of over a million pounds per place. Daniel Farke is set to be at the helm next term so can use the remaining games to look at some squad members who could be key to his plans for the future.

Star man

There are three main candidates for the Canaries' best player so far this season with 11-goal top scorer Teemu Pukki having proven himself very adept at finding the back of the net at Premier League level. The Finn banged in nine of those strikes before Christmas, but has found it tougher going since then and may just miss out on the club's Player of the Season vote.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul has not let anyone down either and deserves credit for the way he has kept his head up and performed while the defence in front of him was often crumbling under pressure. The two penalty saves he made against Manchester United were outstanding, but City still lost that game 3-0.

Emiliano Buendia could have contributed just a little more than both of them in the 22 starts and six substitute appearances he has made. The Argentine winger has racked up seven assists this season, which is more than big-name stars such as Bernardo Silva, Nicolas Pepe and Jack Grealish have managed for their teams.

Best game

There can be little doubt that Norwich City's 3-2 home win over champions Manchester City on September 14 was a significant one - more so for City as it showed their title defence was not as strong as expected. Farke's men flummoxed Guardiola's highly-paid stars with some quality counter-attacking football and delighted a packed Carrow Road.