There is a lot of talk around about the slow start Grant Holt has made to the season. This seems to be the standard excuse to why Norwich City has not scored as many goals as fans would like. It is a dangerous game to rely on one player.
The striker had a quite superb season in the Premier League last year, and many people seem to be expecting an equally impressive performance during the course of the current campaign. That is clearly something we all want, but it is not something that should be taken for granted.
The forward's protracted contract negotiation was one of the key talking points over the summer. In the end, Grant was given the extra year he had been craving that will, probably, see him end his career with the Canaries.
However, it will be foolish to assume we can expect Holt to do what he did last season for the next three years including this one. Fortune telling is not one of my abilities, so I cannot say for sure how many goals the striker will score this season.
But it is important to stress that the burden should not exclusively fall on one man. There is a reason that Premier League clubs need to submit a list of 25 players to include within their squad. Successful teams tend to share the goals around, and have a number of players that are all capable of scoring multiple goals.
The team must play together in every area of the pitch; this means that every outfield player has a responsibility to score and create goals. I'm sure the other strikers, the midfield, and the defence all have goals in them. So, it is time we gave Holt some help out there, and stop leaving all the pressure on him.
Some people have suggested that there is a problem with creating chances, the statistics of the West Ham game does not back that theory up. I doubt there have been many games in the club's history when they have had over 25 shots in one match.
The simple fact of the matter is we are not finishing as efficiently as we should be, but that responsibility is that of every outfield player. It is simply unfair and unrealistic to expect Grant Holt and the other strikers to do all the work.
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