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Josh Sargent starts again for Norwich City, but scoring drought continues

Josh Sargent’s search for his first English Premier League goal for Norwich City continued on Saturday as the American striker was held in check at Carrow Road.

Sargent made his fourth league start of the English Premier League season, but failed to find the net as Daniel Farke’s side tied Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0. It was Sargent’s seventh league appearance for the club following his summer transfer from Werder Bremen.

The 21-year-old played 76 minutes in the match for the Canaries, starting alongside veteran forward Teemu Pukki in Farke’s 5-3-2 formation. Although Sargent created the most chances in the match (3), his lone effort on goal was a tame one, failing to take advantage of an error at the back by Brighton.

Robert Sanchez’s failed clearance in the 44th minute saw Sargent pick up possession in the box, but the American striker’s shot into the empty net lacked the power to reach the goal-line.

The U.S. men’s national team forward continued on into the second half, but failed to make much of an impact before being substituted in the 76th minute. Sargent lost possession five times and saw two of his shot attempts blocked by the Seagulls backline.

Norwich’s draw leaves them bottom of the league table with two points earned through eight matches as one of three winless teams in the new Premier League campaign.

Sargent’s next opportunity will come on October 23rd at Stamford Bridge against defending UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea. After failing to make the recent USMNT World Cup Qualifying roster this month, Sargent will hope for a better run of form to get back into the fold for Gregg Berhalter’s side in November.

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  1. Scoring drought, I wish he would have went to France or Bayern Munich. He dad would be scoring along side Lewandowski and Gnabry

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  2. What is interesting is that Sargent is playing out on the wing. This could come in handy if Berhalter wants to scrape a point on the road and has similar rostering issues like in the last 3 games. He is a big high energy guy that can bang on opposing defenders for the beginning of the game from anywhere up top and be subbed off later on when the game has opened up for some of the slicker guys. Or be subbed on late in the game to help kill it off.

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    • I didn’t watch the match but hasn’t he been a second striker with Puki the last few weeks. That doesn’t he hasn’t gotten in wide spaces, but I didn’t think he’s been a traditional winger of late.

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      • In the video I shared below, Sargent was lined up as the 2nd striker along side Pukki against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

    • the whole thing is he is not really a banger. i think he’s fairly technical and am interested what he can do wide. or perhaps even as an AM.

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      • @THE IMPERATIVE VOICE, I think you may be right. Sargent is definitely not a banger, and that could explain why he struggles at times playing alone up top. The situation now at Norwich playing alongside Pukki as the 2nd striker or moving wide to find space in the attack may help him find his niche and confidence.

  3. A couple of English publications that do player ratings after games, still gave Sargent very high marks one saying that he was the best player on the field

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    • I watch just about every one of their games. He is in the middle of everything good that happens for Norwich. Lack of confidence does seem tk be the issue. But yk his credit he continues to work. He is ghe opposite of Rashica. He makes the right play most every time but hasn’t cashed in yet. Rashica plays so dumb. He makes the wrong decison almost every time. He is where the offensive moves of Norwich go to die.

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      • I am a Sargeant fan, but to be honedt he had the open goal chance and esrly in the 2nd half he had a chance to go in on gosl alone with the keeper and a bad touch cost him. He still is helping to create chances

    • Yes. Feeling snake bitten I’m sure. Thinking too much instead of reacting…. flowing. Sometimes all it takes is a break- a lucky bounce, a goal anyway it can come to break the snide- open the floodgates. Sargent continues to work hard- do the right things which often isn’t the case with slumping players. Be good to see the hard work rewarded- the talent realized.

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      • Totally agreed. A good example was Timo Werner. The German international was in a big confidence slump last season and the beginning of this season. Timo finally scored his first EPL goal this season on a close range shot against Southhampton on Oct 2nd before the international break and has looked so much more confident afterwards. During the Oct WCQ cycle international break, Timo scored a brace against N. Macedonia too. I hope Sargent will get a similar break very soon to get out of his scoring drought.

    • Josh’s main problem is he keeps playing for lousy teams. He’s like a good actor who keeps getting cast in crap movies.

      There are a lot of people who will tell you that Lewandoski couldn’t have helped Werder Bremen the last two years. And Pukki is a nice poacher but he doesn’t do much else. Josh does.

      Farke seems to love Josh so that should help.

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