The evolution of City’s defence – stemming from that very dark day at the New Den - football

The evolution of City’s defence – stemming from that very dark day at the New Den

For years Norwich City had an Achilles Heel at the heart of their squad.
The reigns of both Chris Hughton and Alex Neil, promising though they both were at times, were fatally undermined by a soft underbelly that all too often presented itself to a grateful opposition to be lacerated.
Other than a superb first season for Sebastien Bassong, and a smattering of classy pre-injury performances in Timm Klose?s first half-season in the Premier League, the centre of Norwich?s defence had been a carousel of mediocrity for years.
Various incumbents have tried to fill the roles at the heart of the back four and been found wanting both individually and collectively. Ultimately the failure to create the necessary solidity and continuity at the position led to the downfall of both managers. The arrival of Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke saw the departure of Bassong, Michael Turner and Ryan Bennett, all long-term members of the centre-back department, whose high wages and underperformance over a prolonged period did not fit the new ?value for money? philosophy.
In their place came Marcel Franke, for a not inconsiderable outlay from Bundesliga 2, and Christoph Zimmermann, Farke?s Dortmund B skipper, on a free, expected to be a starter and a developmental squad-filler respectively. They joined club captain Russell Martin fresh from signing a new contract, young untested midfielder/defender Ben Godfrey and Klose, whose future at Carrow Road hung in the balance following a poor first season i...
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