Norwich City Under-18 boss Neil Adams believes the Murphy twins have got what it takes to become Premier League players – if they can maintain their rate of progress.

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It was a team effort that saw the young Canaries into the last eight of the FA Youth Cup at home to Birmingham on Tuesday evening, thanks to their extra-time win.

But the quality of 18-year-old Jacob and Joshua stood out as the former scored City’s opener, while the latter’s superbly flighted free-kick booked Cameron McGeehan’s winner and a quarter-final trip to Adams’ old club Everton.

“We know the talent they’ve got, we know what they are capable of doing,” said former City winger Adams. “I’ve known them since they were 12 years old and I’ve worked with them for three or four years at various ages, and now obviously working with them at under-18 level.

“I know what’s required to go and play in the Premier League, and they’ve got the basic raw talent. They just need their game refining slightly and one or two aspects improving.

“I was really pleased with them against Birmingham because you saw them working hard defensively, for example. You saw them securing the ball and passing it at the right time, rather than just trying to beat everybody – which is hard to ignore when you’ve got that sort of talent. I mean, they are capable of beating players for fun.

“But the higher you go in the game and the harder the game gets, then you don’t get as many opportunities and you can’t afford to lose the ball.

“And I was really pleased with them both that they showed more discipline, more maturity, and that’s what is going to be required if they are to play in Chris Hughton’s first team.”

City’s quarter-final at Goodison Park will be a special occasion for Adams, who will get to pit his wits against an old team-mate, in the form of his opposite number.

“I really am looking for to it,” Adams added. “I’ve only been back a couple of times since I left, but we know we’re playing them, we’ve watched them and I’m sure they were here. Kevin Sheedy is a good old pal of mine and I’m sure he was there up in the stands.

“They are a very good team and we will have to be right on the top of our game to go and get a result. But it’s fantastic to be in the last eight. We made it a target and we’ve achieved it, but we want more. So we will be pushing the lads as hard as possible to go to Everton, to go to Goodison, and go and give them a real game.”

A date for the sixth round tie is yet to be confirmed, but either way Adams can look back on an excellent first year taking a lead with City’s Under-18 squad.

“I’ve worked with Ricky Martin and the 18s for the past couple of years but to be in charge now, you take that responsibility on board,” he said. “A lot of the players are getting international recognition now, a lot are developing nicely.

“They are still young kids, they’ve still got two or three years to go I would feel. But as long as we stick them on the right path, then we are doing the right job.”

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22 comments

  • H57 I agree with you, On as subs or even starting games to be replaced on the hour if they tire or are struggling in the game.

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • It would be wonderful if these guys could make the breakthrough - others too? Jacob in particular seems to have an eye for a goal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • As long as we are safe does it really matter where we finish, yes we will get more money but that much more, but we will recieve a good sum at the end of the season for just remaining in the PL, but i think giving the lads some play time before the end of season would only benifit the pair for the pre season and the following season, it would give them confidence, and we could develop them as we used to be a feeder club in the past. Its just my view..

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    H57

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Now , now you look here mr happy , don't you go spreading happiness and agreement to all and sundry . I'll end up totally confused ;-D

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I suppose there are pros & cons for "deep-ending" the Murphy lads. I don`t think C. Martin`s case is quite the same, as we were not a Prem team in those days. Also, he had a loan spell at Luton before he returned to Norwich. His progress happened mostly in L1 under Lambo & Cully, with Holty & Hoolahoop as his "mentors". Agree with Swiss that BJ is a greatly improved player but the "stalling" of the two Bennos` development is a bit of a worry. I think getting the Murphy`s involved with the 1st team squad pre-season is the right approach on balance.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • No idea why its come up twice lol, but its nice to agree from time to time, it might spread to others lol

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    H57

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • MBA Marine your the first person to agree withme lol. To it just makes sence, lets give them a go as they could be a surprise package.

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    H57

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Well that was all very civil for a change......

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • MBA Marine your the first person to agree withme lol. To it just makes sence, lets give them a go as they could be a surprise package.

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    H57

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • GOOD EVENIN' NEIL

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    Denzil

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Great news that we have talent bubbling under !Maybe send them out on some short term loan deals to get them League Practice. Not sure where you try them out, maybe League One would be a good strating point ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • John Ruddy is much better, right up to when he got crocked, than he was when he first joined us. I would also say the same for Bradley Johnson.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • As long as safety is assured then we have nothing to lose by bringing them in , especially away to Manc C . Show them what's what , let them get a feel for being a part of the 1st team squad and see how they get on in a game away to a side like that . Then full on for pre-season OTBC

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Chris Martin got thrown in at the deep end as a teen and look what happened.

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    Sherbert

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • And that's the problem 'steady on' we don't or can't develop our players. Tell me one player who is better now than when they joined us. Little Benno has gone backwards. To requote yarco "what the hell is happening at the training ground". !

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Why not let the pair play once we are safe from relegation this season, as it wouldn't harm the team and it would show CH how they would fair next season if they got the chance. They are ready but not with the fight for safety at this currant stage, as look at the likes of Rooney, Owen etc etc how old were they when they started playing in the PL, so why can't these young lad do the same. (Could be stars in the making). So again once we are safe from relegation why not play them both.

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    H57

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • There's no need to say it twice ;-D . All this agreement , I don't know what to do , confused ;-!

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I'm not sure chucking them in the deep end is the best idea. How much is every place in the premier league worth? Points are vital, even when we are safe.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Or did Chris get one or two outings in the "Worthy Prem", Sherbert? He would have been pretty young - about 16? Surely not? I cannot remember him playing but I`ll happily stand corrected.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • I think that, with the current management team, these lads are in safe hands. Worth including them for pre-season games and see how they get on? They're not yet ready for the PL but a place in the pre-season squad would be a valuable experience for them.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Bursting with talent. Lets edvelop them in the right way. Full faith in AdamsMartin

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Yeah deffo integrate them into the Pre season training agenda with the full team. It's all about pushing them a bit further a bit at a time.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

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