I think most Norwich City supporters recognised that Chris Hughton would be the type of manager that values a consistent team selection. But that does not mean to say that he should always select the same 11 players.
Nevertheless, fans were also continually irritated by the needless tinkering shown by Paul Lambert towards the end of his time as manager. Therefore, the new manager has a careful balancing act to ensure the balance is right.
Norwich City has now played four games in the Premier League this season, and they are still searching for their first win of the season. Draws are clearly important, but a side must win at least 10 games to stand a realistic chance of avoiding relegation.
So, although drawing games can be a sign of consistency, it will only take the club so far. The performances in the last three games have been good, but the one factor that has been missing is ruthlessness in front of goal.
The current team has not done much wrong, but it might be time to tinker with the selection a little in order to find that first win. There are a number of players in the squad that haven't seen much or any game time this season. Admittedly, this is partly due to injuries, but the squad is now more or less fully fit.
The most obvious part of the team for tinkering is up-front. Simeon Jackson was withdrawn early in the game against West Ham, and Grant Holt has still not scored this season. Steve Morison and Harry Kane are waiting in the wings to be rewarded with their first starts of the campaign.
There is also some pressure from Norwich City fans to get Wes Hoolahan more involved. The Irishman has been ignored in recent games, and supporters know that he has the ability to do something a bit different from the other attacking options.
Nevertheless, there is another F.A. Cup tie coming up, and this will be an opportunity for some of the fringe players to get some game time. It could also serve a useful purpose of getting some match fitness into players ahead of tough Premier League fixtures.
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