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Josh Sargent, Norwich City hammered by Leeds United in forgettable playoff loss

Josh Sargent and Norwich City endured a forgettable end to the EFL Championship season Thursday night.

The Canaries saw their promotion hopes end at Elland Road after losing 4-0 to Leeds United in their second leg semifinal tie. Sargent started the match for the visitors but was substituted off at halftime, watching the final 45 minutes from the sidelines.

Ilia Gruev propelled the Lilywhites in front after only seven minutes before Leeds United added two additional tallies before halftime. Joel Piroe doubled the hosts lead only 13 minutes later before Georginio Rutter made it 3-0 before the interval.

Sargent registered one shot on target in his performance, but the Canaries were held in check for most of the match.

Crysencio Summerville extended Leeds United’s lead to 4-0 in the 68th minute, giving Daniel Farke’s squad a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in West Yorkshire.

Leeds United advanced to May 26th’s playoff final at Wembley Stadium, where they will meet either Southampton or West Bromwich Albion.

Sargent, who finished the campaign as Norwich City’s leading goalscorer, could be on the move this summer after failing to head back to the Premier League. The U.S. men’s national team forward tallied 16 goals in EFL Championship play, which marked his second-straight season with double-digit tallies.


  1. Ugh. Same ankle. These types of injuries are hard to heal. Only way to really do it is to simply not play until it‘s good. Otherwise we will get semi optimal performance and continued setback. Tough one here.

  2. Sounds like that ankle injury will probably knock him out of the Copa America. Suffered more damage on Thursday. Seems like he has been fighting through pain for most of the season. He needs to get that ankle right this summer and it sounds like Norwich wants him to heal up. If I’m Berhalter I’m looking at Pepi to bring in with Wright and Balogun.

    • Sort of where my head’s at too. I really wish Sargent was healthy and I’d put him slightly ahead of Pepi just on current form…but if Sargent isn’t healthy the decision’s pretty easy and it’s not like Pepi’s on “bad” form…when he played, he scored.

      • The problem would be say Stuttgart puts in a transfer for Josh they are going to want him in training instead of going to the Olympics. With Pepi the thought would be he’d likely still be with PSV and not need acclimation with the club.

  3. Leeds roster is listed as 205 million euro valuation by Transfermarkt, Norwich is valued at 70 million. Jesse brought in guys like Rutter and Gnoto that weren’t ready for EPL last season but who were very good in The Championship this year. Feels like Josh and Sara are the only guys really with EPL talent in Norwich and that might be given those two too much credit. Sometimes it’s not the X’s and O’s but the Jimmys and the Joes.

    • Yeah, on paper was a long shot for Norwich, but Leeds came into the playoffs in a run of horrible form, so there was some measure of hope. What is surprising is that Leeds somehow managed to put themselves in a precarious position/the playoffs with that roster and the excellent position they were in to lock up an auto spot a month ago. But………. Leeds do have a special gift for injecting drama into everything, doing it the hard way, don’t they.

      • rico po,

        “But………. Leeds do have a special gift for injecting drama into everything, doing it the hard way, don’t they.”

        Not really.

        This year it is Leeds. Last season it was Luton finishing third and having to go playoffing., Before that it was Huddersfield and before them it was Brentford.

        These two games weren’t close. Leeds basically blew Norwich out of the water.

        What Leeds situation tells you is that it is really really hard to get promoted because the Championship is as Farke once said “not the best division in all of football but the hardest”.

        1. NUMBERS: 46 games between 24 teams. Th EPL has 38 games between 20 teams. That means the lesser teams have more chances to catch up with the Leeds of the world.

        2. INTENSITY: Given the money involved in promotion and the fact that you have three new pretty good teams every season looking to go back up right way. The intensity is there right away.
        3. PARITY: There are a lot of good teams spread throughout the league. The teams at the top are closer to the teams at the bottom than is the case in most divisions
        4. FORMAT: You’d think finishing third would be enough. Instead they punish you for insulting Americans by making you have to go through this torture with teams 4,5 and 6. It’s bullshit and unfair that team #3, Leeds could wind up with bupkus and no reward for spilling their guts all season.

        Its all about the money gained from the playoffs.

        Usually there is one team. like Leicester City this season , who wind up pulling away , but it remains a desperate dog fight for the rest.

    • It’s ironic you mention Leeds bc some reports are saying that Sargent is one of their top priorities to sign if they go up to the Premier League….that’d be interesting, along with Aaronson having a decision to make being still on the books at Leeds as well


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