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Ranking every Norwich player

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NORWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road on September 14, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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Norwich City have had a tough season overall but there have been plenty of highlights for the newly-promoted side who have a string of rising stars playing wonderfully for Daniel Farke, so why don’t we reveal a ranking of how they’ve performed?

Everyone loves a ranking.

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Below we give each Norwich player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a Norwich player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City (right) celebrates with Alexander Tettey and Kenny McLean (left) after scoring from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

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Teemu Pukki: Scored early and often in the season and the Finnish striker is a cult hero. Pukki will be a man in demand if Norwich go down and although he seems very happy at Carrow Road, the clinical finisher could easily make a splash at team in the top half of the table. Pukki’s career arch has been peculiar but he works so hard and punishes teams who give him a chance.

Todd Cantwell: A rising star, Cantwell has had a really good season. The academy product is very well suited to the PL with his surging runs from midfield, calm finishing and passing. Cantwell’s link up play with Pukki is key and he has had some really good spells throughout the season.

Tim Krul: Simply put, he’s had a lot of reps. The penalty-saving expert has used all of his experience and aside from a couple of drubbings, Krul has done his best to hold this leaky Norwich defense together.

Max Aarons
Ben Godfrey


B-GRADE

Norwich City v Chelsea FC - Premier League

NORWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City challenges for the ball with Christian Pulisic of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea FC at Carrow Road on August 24, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Emiliano Buendia: A really nice player to watch, the Argentine attacking midfielder sometimes floats in and out of games and he’s struggled a little with the physicality of the Premier League. Buendia has real quality on the ball and is a luxury player. Like Pukki and Cantwell, in a top 10 team he could flourish.

Kenny McLean: His goal in the amazing win against Man City was the highlight and the Scotsman works so hard to supplement the skill and pace of Pukki and Cantwell. McLean is solid and steady and has had a very good season.

Jamal Lewis
Alex Tettey
Lukas Rupp


C-GRADE

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Arsenal’s French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi (C) vies with Norwich City’s Cameroonian midfielder Ibrahim Amadou (L) and Norwich City’s English midfielder Todd Cantwell (R) during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

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Sam Byram: Steady enough and works hard at both full back positions but is guilty of giving the ball away. A player who is reliable and will always find a spot on a squad in the lower reaches of the PL.

Ibrahim Amadou: The loan signing from Sevilla was forced to play center back when he first arrived due to injuries and had some standout games (notably against Man City). Didn’t really settle down in England, off the pace in central midfield.

Onel Hernandez
Christoph Zimmerman
Ondrej Duda
Moritz Leitner


D-GRADE

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Norwich City’s Scottish defender Grant Hanley (L) reacts after scoring an own goal as Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino celebrates the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 9, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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Grant Hanley: Maybe a bit harsh as he’s been out injured but he’s the captain and leader of Norwich’s defense which has conceded the second highest number of goals this season. That is partly due to the way they play but also because Hanley and others just aren’t reacting quick enough to opposition attackers.

Josip Drmic
Marco Stiepermann
Tom Trybull
Mario Vrancic

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