David Wagner on Josh Sargent: “For me he is a central striker”

David Wagner on Josh Sargent: “For me he is a central striker”

Josh Sargent enjoyed a rapid start to the 2022-23 English Football League Championship campaign and now with a new manager in David Wagner taking over at the club, Sargent will be eager to rack up the goals once again at Norwich City.

Wagner took part in his introductory press conference on Monday, just one day after the Canaries suffered a 1-0 FA Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road. The former Huddersfield Town, Schalke, and Young Boys manager returns to England with hopes of leading the Canaries back to the English Premier League.

Sargent has mainly featured as a winger during his time at Norwich City, leading the team with nine goals in 24 league outings so far this season. However, the 22-year-old is closing in on two months without a goal for the club, which has also contributed to Norwich City’s drop in the league standings.

Teemu Pukki has mainly starred as Norwich City’s main striker during his time with the club, but with Sargent featuring as a younger offensive option in the squad, Wagner is hoping to get the best out of the American forward during the second half of the season.

“Obviously. I know him very well from Germany,” Wagner said when asked about Sargent. “For me, he’s a central striker. It isn’t his best position to help out on the wing. This is where he can help out, yes, but this is not the position I think where his strengths are.

“He played last season and this season and did not too bad so far, but he is a young guy and I’m really looking forward to work with him,” Wagner added.

Norwich City has dropped to 11th in the league standings after only winning one of its last seven matches in all competitions. Dean Smith’s firing led to Wagner’s hiring last week, bringing in an experienced figure to a club desperately needing a spark this winter.

The Canaries have only scored one goal or fewer in each of their last seven matches, a theme that both Wagner and Sargent will hope changes in the coming weeks. Norwich City’s busy schedule continues on Saturday at 10th place Preston North End before winnable matches against Coventry City and Birmingham City also take place this month.

Wagner’s hiring could provide not only Norwich City with a major boost, but also to Sargent who is aiming to get back to his best for the club.

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