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Norwich City give Premier League survival chances big shot in the arm with Josh Sargent-inspired win at Watford

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There are few more deserving of their moment in the spotlight than Josh Sargent.

The City forward has endured a difficult start to life at Carrow Road following a summer move from Werder Bremen for a fee believed to be in the region of £8 million.

The 21-year-old has received plenty of criticism for failing to find the back of the net in any of his first 18 Premier League games for the club – particularly given the nature of some of the big chances he has squandered.

Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman
Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman

Forward players will always be judged on their goal record, but even so, I think some of the stick – which has at times bordered on ridicule – has been too extreme.

After all, he is a young player settling into a new country in a team which has been desperately lacking in terms of goals and creativity. Nor did he choose the value of his transfer.

Despite his struggles, I’ve always felt as if Sargent has offered something to this team. I wrote as much after the 0-0 draw against Brighton when the American international missed an open goal.

His work-rate is second to none and causes defenders real issues – as was seen when he came off the bench at half-time during Dean Smith’s first match in charge against Southampton.

Considering all the above, I was delighted to see Sargent write the headlines with a brace in the hugely significant 3-0 win at Watford.

His first was an exquisite bit of skill and improvisation. The second was equally as impressive in its own right, with Sargent showing real intent and desire to rise highest at the back post to power a header home.

It was a night that changes the landscape at the bottom of the table.

A performance that should give Sargent – and the rest of the boys – great confidence as they look to pull of the great escape. And a result which sends a message to the rest of the league: Norwich City are still in this fight.