Neil Adams delighted for Jamar Loza – but now the striker is competing with Norwich City’s big boys

Jamar Loza in first-team action on his Premier League debut for Norwich City against Arsenal. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Jamar Loza in first-team action on his Premier League debut for Norwich City against Arsenal. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
11:05 AM

It’s been a wonderful finish to the football season for Jamar Loza – but there is plenty more to do if he wants regular club action next season.

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Having enjoyed a handful of loan moves, the 20-year-old Norwich City academy product added a final-day Premier League substitute appearance to his first senior goal while with Southend.

That was enough to earn a first call-up to Jamaica’s senior squad, and Loza went on to make his international debut in their post-season friendly with Egypt. But even with the prospect of the Championship, City boss Neil Adams wants Loza to appreciate the challenge in front of him.

“Jamar had an excellent debut against Arsenal, he’s now a full international and I bet he can’t believe what’s happened to him over the last month or so,” said Adams. “He thoroughly deserves it. He was excellent all season for the Under-21s, scored plenty of goals and was a big threat. So I was delighted he got a few minutes for Jamaica and it’s a tremendous rise for him, from his scholarship that I oversaw with (academy manager) Ricky Martin. Jamar came in, and we saw a player evolve and develop into the position he’s in now.

“But obviously he is now competing for places with your Lewis Grabbans, your (Ricky van) Wolfswinkels, your (Gary) Hoopers and your (Luciano) Becchios, and any more that come in. That’s the same for all the players. They know me. They know if they’re not good enough or not performing well enough, they won’t be playing – but similarly if they are, I won’t have any hesitation involving them in the team if I feel it will win us a game.

“The links and ties I’ve got with the younger players, it’s a big advantage. I know what they can do and what they need to be better at.

“I played Josh (Murphy) at Fulham and put Jamar on against Arsenal, and it’s sent a message to everybody that age is no barrier, and if they’re good enough in their position and performing better than any of the seniors, then they will play.”

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17 comments

  • Apparently she's extras special.....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Liz Snott, no clients for a rubby these days?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Just noticed, a bit late, that La Snott is back. A bit like stepping in something warm, soft and malodorous.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • You were starting the full Le$l!e Phillips impersonation with your Pal 0ma, Steely. You could see the tattoo on her converse from the obverse. I`ve never seen so many eyes on one face. Ding d0ng. The Man with X-Ray eyes. A Popsy. Hellooo... Mrs Fagen will soon be back. I`ll stay schtum. Ish...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Yes, you seemed to be starting the Full Leslie Phillips treatment with young Paloma, Steely. You could see the tattoo on her converse from the obverse. The Man with X-Ray eyes. Ding- dong. A Popsy. Hellooo... Mrs Fagen will soon be back. I`ll stay schtum. Ish...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I think your Barkings is busy with his property portfolio Brew. We may get a posting soon from PalomaCanary.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • BTW: Also reassuring that `The Four Duplicates` are "ours". Does that mean we can decide whether they are selected to play, or just given away by the likes of your Boards` Charity shops? There should be bowketts of answers. On the double, now!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Wacs and Fagens have beaten us twice to those "Your multiples" points. These are the advantages of your pluralistic societies, our sons. Where are Barking Mads gone? Have the Archies banned them? We were just wondering.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • .....But surely those "better" players now about to leave you like rats jumping a sinking ship, are only Championship level, at best. Otherwise you'd still be scraping through another season in the PLand not have been relegated to the Championship? .....But as a true yo-yo club you may well find your true level at the end of next seaosn, by being relegated back to League One again!

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Well we are definately preparing for the Championship. premiership players are all set to leave and championship standard players are already starting to replace them. Our manager seems like he has been told, you take what your given and be thankful. That said, we still have a very good standard Championship side, so we should be looking to bounce back at the first attempt

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    GPL

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Interesting to hear Becchio's name actually mentioned amongst the strikers. He hasn't been entirely forgotten then. With the right system in place that's a decent strike force

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    canary can-can

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Neil is starting to sound like 'one of us 'arry by referring to players in the plural. I'm sure we have only one of each - at least I hope so. Another year with Southend might be the best bet for Loza. Phil Brown comes across as a decent manager.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Does Neil have a drink problem? He sounds as if he has double vision.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • We're to sexy for the Chump ! 100 Points and 100 Goals next season should be the target. There's 10 goals and 6 points all but guaranteed - just from our fashionable and classy neighbours ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • That would be a great lineup if we can keep it, and properly use it. We play more games next year, so a bigger squad will be very useful. It hopefully will also allow us to perform better in the cups. Hughton never seemed good at rotating the squad, and made very poor use of substitutes. Some excuse was the small squad, although it wasn't too bad.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • On paper that's quite a formidable forward line mentioned by NA, and one which should be the envy of the Championship.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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