It has been a tough start to the season for Norwich City, who currently lie just two places and three points above the Premier League relegation zone.
The newly-promoted team have picked up some encouraging results, but have also had some disastrous ones as well – think the 6-2 defeat against Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Alex Neil knows things must improve in a number of areas if the club are to give themselves a decent chance of staying up this term.
So what three things have we learnt about the Canaries after 13 games?
1) They must improve their home form and make Carrow Road a fortress.
If you are a newly-promoted team in the Premier League, you are usually relying on good home form to give you a good chance of survival.
While they have beaten Bournemouth and Swansea at Carrow Road, they have also been beaten by Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom, and it something that Alex Neil’s side must improve as the campaign goes on.
2) They have been quite unfortunate in some matches.
One of Norwich’s problems this season has been conceding late goals – they were minutes away from securing a win at West Ham, as well as a draw at Manchester City.
Neil will know his men must learn how to see out results, and it something that they showed signs of in the 1-0 success against Swansea at the start of the month.
3) They need to find a goalscorer in January.
The Canaries have plenty of creative players in the midfield – Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Nathan Redmond to name a few – and now they need someone to finish those chances.
Brady has completed 24 key passes but is yet to pick up an assist in the league this season and, similarly, Redmond has provided 23 key passes and has only one assist.
City need to start converting those chances soon, and will surely be looking at the likes of Charlie Austin in the transfer window.