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Is Darren Huckerby right? Rate his 2003/4 title winners and this season’s Norwich City squad

PUBLISHED: 13:15 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 March 2019

Matt Svensson celebrates his goal against Wigan in 2004 with Leon McKenzie and Darren Huckerby  

Photo: Simon Finlay

Matt Svensson celebrates his goal against Wigan in 2004 with Leon McKenzie and Darren Huckerby Photo: Simon Finlay

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Darren Huckerby reckons the title-winning class of 2003/4 would have beaten this season’s Norwich City vintage.

We will never know if he is right. But STEVEN DOWNES has had a go at rating a starting 11 and three subs from both seasons Who wins the head-to-head? If you don’t agree, have a go at our poll below.

2003/4

GOALKEEPER

Robert Green - 9

Emiliano Buendia celebrates scoring against Brentford   Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdEmiliano Buendia celebrates scoring against Brentford Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Dominant and a tremendous shot-stopper.

LEFT BACK

Adam Drury - 9

Barry Fry said he was the “best left-back outside the Premier League”. He was right.

CENTRE BACKS

Malky Mackay - 8

Norwich City squad 2018-19 Picture: Norwich City FCNorwich City squad 2018-19 Picture: Norwich City FC

Not the quickest, but a defensive rock who grabbed goals.

Craig Fleming - 8

A brilliant man-marker whose style complemented Mackay’s.

RIGHT BACK

Marc Edworthy - 8

Consistently consistent.

LEFT MIDFIELD

Darren Huckerby - 10

The catalyst, talisman, top scorer: the man who made defenders’ blood twist.

CENTRE MIDFIELD

Gary Holt - 9

Three lungs and one huge heart.

Damien Francis - 9

Box-to-box, with a great goals ratio.

RIGHT MIDFIELD

Paul McVeigh - 7

Reliable and good for a goal or an assist.

STRIKERS

Mathias Svensson - 8

A wrecking ball with a great touch, he provided New Year impetus.

Leon McKenzie - 9

He scored against the....he scored anaother one.

SUBS

Iwan Roberts - 8

Still a big threat.

Philip Mulryne - 8

Classy. His goal at Reading was a turning point.

Jim Brennan - 6

Didn’t get many chances to make his mark.

2018/19

GOALKEEPER

Tim Krul - 7

Getting better, but has had some shaky moments.

LEFT BACK

Jamal Lewis - 8

Quick, sharp and intelligent.

CENTRE BACKS

Christoph Zimmermann - 9

A giant - physically and as a leader.

Ben Godfrey - 8

Strong and assured - has a great future.

RIGHT BACK

Max Aarons - 9

Only 19, but looks like a seasoned pro. Goals, assists, defensively strong.

LEFT MIDFIELD

Onel Hernandez - 8

Getting better with every game. Gets defenders on the back foot.

CENTRE MIDFIELD

Marco Stiepermann - 8

Who knew? Turns out Stiepermann can dribble, pass and score.

Mario Vrancic - 8

Has grabbed the Leitner spot and become the midfield metronome.

Tom Trybull - 7

Snaps into tackles and gets the ball to the playmakers.

RIGHT MIDFIELD

Emiliano Buendia - 9

A joy to watch. His touch, vision, passing and goals make him one of the best players in the league.

STRIKER

Teemu Pukki - 10

If strikers are judged on goals, he has to be the perfect 10.

SUBS

Jordan Rhodes - 7

Good for a goal off the bench.

Moritz Leitner - 8

What a man to have as a sub.

Timm Klose - 8

The fact the he’s on the bench shows the impact of Godfrey.

TOTAL SCORES

2003/4 - 116 out of 140

2018/19 - 114 out of 140


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