Where he belongs, his career has had its drops but Norwich’s Moritz Leitner in the time. Adam Bate assesses the German playmaker’s journey to Norwich, the statistics that show his sway, and the challenge that Daniel Farke still faces with him…
It had been Moritz Leitner home game for Norwich as soon as he was hit by the feeling. The Canaries were a goal and a man up when their newest signing from Germany arrived off the bench. That very first taste of the Carrow Road crowd was all it required. “That’s it,” Leitner said . “That’s the feeling you need to have again.”
A prodigious ability in his childhood had been in danger of becoming one of the wasted talents of football. Jurgen Klopp had once rated Leitner because”outstanding” when part of his title-winning team at Borussia Dortmund. Reiner Maurer, his coach at 1860 Munich before thatexpected him to become a Germany international.
But this was a long. There had been a fall-out with all the veteran coach Huub Stevens at Stuttgart, in which he had been accused of arrogance – the newspaper even speaking to his acting fashion that was snooty. A failed movement to Lazio consistently seemed a gamble. Leitner recognised too late that a subsequent change to Augsburg has been a terrible fit.
At that point, the voice of Ralf Minge, his coach with all the Germany U19 team, looked prophetic than ever before. “He’s all the requirements and ability,” Minge had once said. “However, to have the ability and also to exploit the talent, they are two quite different things.”
Leitner himself came to understand that the die was cast for him. “I had been put into a box,” he explained. “The picture of me was that I didn’t want to learn, I was smug, I just thought of myselfthat I did not work hard enough, so I had been just a gift.”
He couldn’t have been convinced that the move to Norwich would have been a much better match than Augsburg. It is a fact that he knew Daniel Farke together. But this was the second tier of England, a division famed for demanding robustness, and that he was joining .
And he soon won with his technical abilities that were best. In which it appeared there was none, he discovered time. He had not been deserted by the skills, despite never kicked a ball for Augsburg in six months. The player who Maurer had noticed was”very tough to separate from the ball and constantly has his head up” was still in there.
Leitner status was procured after he scored at September of this past year – a strike along with his foot from outside the box. Though he was not able to force his way back into the team he has found himself back into the group this year and played his role.
There is a feeling so it has proved in those opening weeks and that the Premier League would suit the abilities of Leitner better. His 105 passes from the win over Newcastle would be the most by any participant in the first fortnight of the contest. There were 88 a lot of them against West Ham out time. Leitner is a magnet for the ball.
In part, these passing amounts reflect Farke’s attacking game however they’re also strange to the player himself. Leitner is averaging this year but no Norwich participant is currently averaging more than 60. No other participant at some of the promoted clubs is averaging over 60. He is unusual in his capacity to order.
Leitner wears Norwich’s No 10 top and that is where he played with his younger days, however he’s being used deeper compared to the Farke at a role the participant once known as an”offensive six”. Playing as one of the two enables the team since it gets him onto the ball.
As Alex Schmidt, his previous mentor at 1860 Munich, once pointed out, Leitner is still”technically quite smart” – but he’s”not a very simple participant” either.
Finding the correct role has been a problem. So has that diffident standing because Stevens bawled him out floor at Stuttgart. While Leitner has spoke openly of growing up at Norwich and”pressing the reset button” in his career, not every one these issues have gone away. It is a solution still challenging Farke.
For all Leitner’s silkiness, and despite everything he can do with a soccer, intentions such as the one against Ipswich are few and far between. His career goal tally stands . That means moving him makes sense. But playing to his own defence demands shielding that defence and taking obligation to endure to the side.
The indications are that this could be a weakness for Norwich. According to the stats, Leitner has been dribbled past 11 days already this year – the fourth most of any participant in the Premier League this year. Norwich have conceded more goals than any other group and it is no coincidence – it is a by-product of the expansive and open approach.
That’s a conundrum for both Farke but not to the neutrals. The sight of all how Leitner spraying passes from midfield is really a pleasure. There are the joys of it, obviously. However, there’s also the satisfaction of seeing a talent that had been from view. Restored to where Leitner – and also his many admirers – have felt he belongs.