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In Focus: Ondrej Duda

27 April 2020

Having played just seven games so far this season after joining Norwich City on loan from Hertha Berlin in January, Ondrej Duda has impressed many fans with his performances already.

A key player in the midfield in these seven games, but what have been his best performances so far? We’ve narrowed that seven down to just three… ⬇

3. AFC Bournemouth (H)

As City hosted the Cherries at Carrow Road, both were looking to pick up three vital points, crucial to either side’s relegation escape plans. To make it even more special for Duda, this was his debut for the Canaries, slotting into the starting XI with ease.

What a debut it was for the Slovakian, proving himself to be another creative outlet in the midfield, picking out pinpoint passes all over the pitch. It could’ve been a lot more special for the loanee, however.

As Aaron Ramsdale ran out to meet an attack on the edge of the box, seeing it away, it fell to Duda. Not hesitating in the slightest, Duda swung it back on goal, the effort curling into on an open net. It was sure to be debut delight, before the ball was swatted away from Bournemouth defender and captain Steve Cook.

It was no question of handball (although that didn’t stop VAR giving it a look!), as Cook was shown a red. Although Teemu Pukki was as reliable as ever on the spot to score the only goal of the game, it could’ve been a dream debut for Duda.

Ignoring the wonderful save from Cook, Duda had a great debut and showed himself to be an asset to the team for the future, providing a different spin on things in the midfield. rated him at a 7.29 this game, which isn’t bad for having your goal denied!

2. Newcastle United (A)

If you’ve read our previous In Focus articles, you’ll know this game has come up quite a few times, but that’s for good reason! This game was hugely competitive, practically end-to-end football, as each team tried their hardest to find the decisive goal for those three points.

Although it felt as if it was all City in the last 15, that goal couldn’t be found, meaning the points had to be shared.

From Tim Krul to Teemu Pukki, everyone was on top of their game in this fixture against the Magpies, including Duda. With Emi Buendia on the bench until later in the game, the midfielder took on the sole responsibility of supplying the creativity, which didn’t faze him one bit.

Yet again demonstrating his eye for a pass and ability to create chances, it’s a surprise Duda didn’t bag himself a goal contribution in this game, instead earning himself a nice 7.51 rating from for his troubles.

1. Leicester City (H)

A game that sticks out in recent memory this season for Canaries fans, for good reason too! This game was as dramatic as they come, with close efforts, cancelled VAR goals and a beautiful strike.

Even though it was Jamal Lewis who scored the game-winning goal, Duda still made sure this was his best game so far this season, pulling all the strings in the midfield and rarely making a mistake.

It was a full team effort to get the result over the line, every one of the eleven in yellow and green pulling their weight and more to get the three points, including Duda. Placing nearly every pass perfectly, bringing the ball upfield and making chances, the Slovakian’s performance was key on the night.

This big win was just as complimentary of Duda, seeing give him a 7.56 rating for his performance against the Foxes.

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