Norwich City's dismal December in the Premier League has to make way for a positive January
If you were looking for a message of hope and optimism this New Year, I’m afraid you have come to the wrong place.
It would almost be insulting to try and extract any positives from the abject performances we’ve seen from Norwich City over the festive period.
Instead, I’ll let the statistics from our dismal December do the talking. Played five; lost five; zero goals scored; 14 goals conceded. Pitiful.
In all honesty, we should be thankful the game at West Ham was called off – or we could be reflecting on even greater embarrassment. It pains me to say it, but right now we are the laughing stock of the Premier League.
Of course, everyone accepts at this level there will be times when we are outclassed, but the performances against Arsenal and Crystal Palace were so painfully short of the minimum required standard.
I know we are missing an awful lot of players, but we can’t keep making excuses and feeling sorry for ourselves.
Dean Smith has already confirmed it will be the same group of lads travelling to Leicester on New Year’s Day, and I genuinely fear what may unfold if the Foxes are on form. Perhaps the only saving grace is that after the trip to the King Power Stadium we are not in Premier League action for 14 days.
Hopefully that gap will allow the club to get beyond its Covid issues and afford those currently injured more time to move closer to a return to action.
It will also give the club an opportunity to start making moves in the January transfer window.
Needless to say, I’m sure there will be plenty of speculation as to the future of Billy Gilmour and whether he will return to Chelsea.
On that subject, I want to say while there is no doubt Gilmour has underwhelmed, some of the criticism he has received has been cruel and unjust. After all, he is a young lad playing in what can only be described at this time as a desperately poor team.