Norwich unveil new £750k training simulator after woeful start to Premier League

Norwich City have made a poor start to the Premier League season to leave them rock-bottom of the table, but there are hopes that their recent investment in a new training simulator can help them turn things around.

The Canaries have just one point to their name after seven matches, drawing 0-0 with Burnley last time out to end a run of six consecutive defeats.

The East Anglian club have demonstrated how convincingly they can dominate the Championship but have struggled to make the step up the Premier League.

Before the start of this campaign, Daniel Farke's side looked more capable of adjusting to life in the top flight. They sold star winger Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa for £33million and used the funds to invest in new players.

In came almost an entirely new starting XI, with Milot Rashica, Dimitrios Giannoulis, Angus Gunn, Ben Gibson, Pierre Lees-Melou, Joshua Sargeant, Christos Tzolis, Mathias Normann and Ozan Kabak arriving at Carrow Road to complete a significant reshuffle.

They also signed exciting young talents Billy Gilmour from Chelsea and Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams on loan, but the new wave of incomings have not stopped Farke’s squad from looking destined for the drop just yet.

Instead, the German boss may be hoping the new piece of technology that has been installed at the Norwich training ground will have a more immediate impact on the team.

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Speaking with BBC News, the club have unveiled a new £750,000 piece of kit called SoccerBot360 that allows players to simulate a match experience and test their passing ability.

SoccerBot360 is made up of a large rounded screen that shows different match scenarios and training drills on them.

Players are then able to kick the ball at the screens and simulate what is going on, whilst cameras and the screens collect data to help improve future performances.

John Iga, Norwich’s head of data and innovation, spoke of how he expects the technology to help the new wave of young talent coming through at the club.

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"There's evidence that suggests that the next generation of players will have to be even better in terms of how they see the game and how they process the game," he said.

"SoccerBot gives an opportunity to test those areas.

“I think it offers us a unique opportunity to be innovative in terms of how we work.”

Although SoccerBot360 is unlikely to provide immediate improvements amongst the squad, Farke will be hoping he can see the difference over the course of the next few matches against Brighton and Chelsea.

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