Despite signing for Newcastle just a year earlier, when Premier League promotion was secured, Grant Hanley was not deemed good enough for the top flight, and subsequently left Tyneside.

When Norwich gained promotion from the Championship last season, they kept faith with Hanley, and asked him to skipper the side for their Premier League campaign.

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The Canaries were well beaten in the opening game of the season at Liverpool, despite showing some quality at times going forward.

But it was a particularly poor start for Hanley, with the former Newcastle centre-back scoring an own goal for Liverpool’s first, and enduring a torrid time all evening, against their world class forward line.

It was always likely to be a baptism of fire for the East Anglian side, and it is slightly harsh to judge the team, and individuals, on a game against the European Champions.

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Their season will ultimately be determined by results against those likely to be in and around the lower half of the table, and is why this weekend is such a big test for both them and Newcastle.

Grant Hanley was deemed not good enough by Rafa Benitez

Certainly Hanley will need to perform better to persuade Newcastle fans that Rafa Benitez’s assessment of his top level ability, was inaccurate.

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Similarly, another poor performance from him this weekend will add mounting pressure on his place, with some Canaries fans already calling for him to be axed on social media.

Whether playing against his former club, who let him go so ruthlessly, will inspire him to a better performance this weekend, is something Newcastle should be wary of.

But in Joelinton and Miguel Almiron, we have the quality to run him as ragged as the Liverpool forward line did last week.

If that is the case, it could be a short reign as a Premier League captain for Hanley.

Here are a few of the comments from Norwich fans on Twitter:

 
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