Norwich City: The Canaries' 3 Best Performers so Far This Season
It's been a mixed start to the season for Norwich City, who find themselves in the bottom three heading into the international break despite picking up seven points.
During the opening two months of the campaign, there's been some below-par displays that have meant that the Canaries have missed out on points that they should perhaps be registering, but there have been signs in recent weeks that things are beginning to click for Chris Hughton's new-look team.
With that in mind, here are Norwich City's best three performers from the opening weeks of the season.
3. Jonny Howson
Considering his undoubted ability, Jonny Howson didn't have the best of seasons last time out.
However, the former Leeds United captain looks to be back to his best this year. He is starting to display the sort of form that once led former manager Paul Lambert to draw comparisons between Howson and Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta, per the Liverpool Echo.
Playing Howson in his preferred role just off the lone striker has undeniably helped matters, with the 25-year-old looking visibly frustrated at being asked to defend so much during the last campaign.
In Howson, Leroy Fer and Alex Tettey, the Canaries appear to have stumbled upon their best midfield trio. The security of Tettey's defensive work in particular has allowed Howson to have more of an attacking licence.
Howson's form may spell bad news for Wes Hoolahan, who has made the position his own for a number of years now, but the Irishman is a fantastic alternative should Howson's hot streak begin to falter.
A special mention must also go to Michael Turner, who has also enjoyed an impressive start to the season, but Howson's attacking influence in recent weeks means that he just about gets the nod ahead of the centre-half.
2. Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond has seamlessly adjusted to life in the Premier League since his summer switch from Birmingham City, and early indications suggest that the 19-year-old will enjoy an illustrious career in the top flight.
The youngster has provided a different dimension to the Canaries attacking unit, combining pace and trickery to consistently ask questions of opposition defenders.
Of course, there are elements of Redmond's game that will need to develop over time, such as his decision-making in the final third. However, the raw materials are all there for Redmond to get even better with time.
There will certainly be times this season when the England Under-21 international will frustrate, which comes with the territory of someone so young, but few could doubt that Redmond is one of the most exciting talents to ply his trade at Carrow Road in recent history. He can be very pleased with his start to life at the highest level.
At a reported £3.2 million, the transfer fee shelled out on Redmond is already starting to look like one of the bargains of the summer.
1. Leroy Fer
Leroy Fer has been one of the first names on Chris Hughton's teamsheet ever since he signed on the dotted line in July, and it's not hard to understand why with the former FC Twente man putting in a string of magnificent performances.
The Dutch midfielder simply looks as though he was born to play in the Premier League, with his sheer power and athleticism meaning that he is ideally suited to the English game.
However, there is more to Fer than just brute strength. The way in which he has shown composure on the ball in the centre of the park has been an equally welcome sight.
His all-action displays in the heart of the Canaries midfield earned him a recall to the Dutch national team this week. Fer will be hopeful of continuing his fine form for his club in order to force himself into Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad next summer.
At just 23 years old, the sky really is the limit for Fer, who has all the attributes to become the complete midfielder. You would suspect that Norwich City may find it very hard to hang on to him for the entirety of his four-year contract.
The only black mark against Fer's name is his failure to open his account in the league as of yet, but you get the sense that it will only be a matter of time before he hits the back of the net, considering his impressive goalscoring record in Holland.
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