The Warm Down: New boy Tzolis shines on debut in a thumping 6-0 victory in front of the Carrow Road faithful
Christos Tzolis of Norwich City celebrates scoring his sides fifth goal during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth at Carrow Road on August 24, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Norwich City produced a scintillating performance against a second-string Scott Parker side. From being completely outclassed, outfought and outthought (5-0) by Manchester City; magnificent 6-0 domination ensured the Norwich fans that Daniel Farke's men won't give up without a fight.

Head coach Farke made 11 changes to the side that lost to Man City, with plenty of points to prove and a determination to give Farke a headache for his starting XI when they welcome Leicester City to Carrow Road on Saturday. 

The Canaries were overwhelmed by welcoming a capacity of over 20,000 fans for a mid-week cup tie fixture. Having not scored a goal this season, the Carrow Road faithful went up in arms as Christos Tzolis opened the scoring on 11 minutes. 

Tzolis, making an intelligent run in behind the defence latching onto a long ball by Kenny McLean and expertly on the half volley with a little deflection into the bottom corner from inside the box.

Mclean was in the heart of the action again as he started the move and finished it off - from deep he passes to Kieran Dowell who eventually returns the favour to watch his compatriot rifle a left-footed shot into far the corner from 20 yards out with only 26 minutes gone. 

Bournemouth tried to get their foot on the ball but once again McLean wins the ball back who finds Tzolis and has the awareness to find midfielder Lukas Rupp from 10 yards out to curl a lovely finish into the bottom corner to make it 3-0 on 33 minutes. 

Scott Parker must have had plenty to say to his Cherries side at half-time, but that clearly went away with only three minutes into the second half gone. 

Dowell intercepted a woeful pass from Bournemouths' backline who slotted Mclean in to poke goalwards, producing an excellent save from former City keeper Orjan Nyland but there was Josh Sargent to get his first goal in City colours arriving at the back post for a tap in. 

On 65 mins Sargent pressed Nyland expertly to intercept a poor pass, finding wonder kid Tzolis with a tap in and his 2nd goal of the night making it 5-0. 

Both Sargent and Tzolis combine for the final goal of the game in the 74th minute, a poor pass from Cherries skipper Steve Cook gave Tzolis the chance to complete his hat-trick but unselfishly squared the ball to Sargent who got his second of the game by bundling it home. 

Selection headache for City head coach

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This dominant display will give Farke plenty of decisions to make for the game against Leicester this Saturday. 

Norwich may have played Liverpool and Man City in their opening 2 fixtures but that doesn't make it an excuse, conceding 8 goals from 2 games isn't good enough if you want to be competitive in the Premier League

Norwich head coach will undoubtedly be looking to make changes for Leicesters visit and with a 6 goal demolition, that certainly has given Farke plenty of thinking into his starting XI.

McLean looks more likely to replace Rupp who has struggled with the pace and battle of the Premier League in a midfield 3.

The selection conundrum will be who makes up the front three? Will Todd Cantwell replace the unknown Tzolis? Josh Sargent to come out for Teemu Pukki? Although, Milot Rashica looks certain to keep his place on the left of the three up top. 

Whoever Farke chooses he needs to find a style and system to pick up points because having a -8 goal difference is difficult to catch up with - especially if you're fighting to stay up and not scoring many goals in the process. 

A star is born

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Well, what a debut son! Only 19 years old and fans are starstruck by this wonder kid. Two goals and two assists is such an impressive debut no matter who the opposition is. 

You can see why Norwich head coach has this to say about his £9 million man: “He has the potential one day to be one of the best wingers in the world, because he's quick, he delivers end product, he can score, he can assist, he can run in behind, he is a great character."

Now it's whether Farke will throw Tzolis into the deep end against Leicester and see how the highly-rated Greek international fairs himself against the pace and physicality of the Premier League.

Going from past experiences it does feel as if Farke will not chuck Tzolis into the limelight just yet. Given his record with bedding in youngsters, he always gives them time to settle into his system.

Emiliano Buendia, who many Norwich fans labelled as one of the best players to ever wear the yellow and green shirt took a few games to find his rhythm, so this wouldn't be a surprise to see Tzolis starting from the bench, but there is such an excitement about this kid you just never know what Farke will do with him.

What does the new Manchester United loanee bring to the table?

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Brandon Williams started at left-back against Bournemouth, only a day after he joined on loan from Manchester United. Keeping David Brooks quiet throughout the whole game, he is undoubtedly one of Scott Parkers best players in his Bournemouth squad.

Williams showed already what he will offer to Norwich: robust challenges, forward-thinking and quality on the ball which is what's needed in Farke' full-backs. 

Williams will provide hefty competition in the full-back role, preferably on the left side of a back four. Williams looks set to start against Leicester with Dimitris Giannoulis having a nightmare 45 minutes against Man City. 

What's next?

Norwich will be looking to pick up their first points of the season when Leicester come to Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon. 

It will be another warm welcome for former City midfielder James Maddison but hopefully, he won't be the one to dampen City players and fans confidence from the Bournemouth game they extracted from.

Norwich have shown that they have firepower at the top end of the pitch, it's just whether Farke can extract a solid performance from his team, and by doing so, pick up their first home win of the Premier League season. 

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