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It’s no real surprise that Norwich’s lack of creativity was combined with a team that struggled to find a yellow shirt on a consistent basis. It’s an obvious point, but there wasn’t a player on the pitch that would be considered a great passer of the ball.
Interestingly though, there is one on the bench in the shape of David Fox. This is certainly a long-standing issue and it’s obvious Hughton doesn’t fancy the player. What is less clear is the reason for this, given he hasn’t been granted the opportunity to start a Premier League match.
Of course, some may argue that he hasn’t excelled in the handful of cup appearances that he has been given. But the same could be said of other players in the squad that have been given a league opportunity.
Alex Tettey is out injured at the moment, and Jonny Howson is playing in a position that he isn’t really suited to. Furthermore, the Canaries are a matter of a few points away from Premier League safety and have games against some of the less capable top-flight teams to come.
It is looking increasingly likely that Fox will be off to pastures new in the summer, but before the inevitable happens it would be nice to think he will get some kind of chance. If he plays a few games, and Hughton’s judgement is correct and we find he isn’t up to it, then fair enough at least then we will know.
Nevertheless, he was good enough last season and I can’t believe he wouldn’t have some kind of positive influence in the passing abilities of the team. However, whatever the future holds for Fox, it’s obvious we need a bit more variety in the midfield. Johnson and Tettey certainly fill the need for defensive protectors, but we lack midfielders that look capable of scoring regularly or can pass the ball efficiently.