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Alex Neil wants his Norwich City youngsters to grow up fast

06:45 15 January 2015

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza is the latest Canaries loanee after joining League One Yeovil. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza is the latest Canaries loanee after joining League One Yeovil. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Alex Neil wants to subject Norwich City’s young talent to the rigours of first team football after Jamar Loza joined Cameron McGeehan in departing for a loan spell in the Football League.

Loza linked up with League One Yeovil on Wednesday until February 14, just 24 hours after McGeehan had moved to Cambridge United on a similar one-month deal.

The likes of Harry Toffolo, Jacob Murphy and Carlton Morris are also plying their trade in the Football League and Neil insists that is the way forward for the club’s emerging talent.

“I think playing football at Football League level in a first team at the cutting edge is important where it means something, it means points, it means a win bonus, it is the livelihood of players,” he said. “I wouldn’t say development football doesn’t mean anything but it is more about a process of making them better. That winning mentality only comes from doing it when it’s your job and you are doing it for a living. Young players need to learn that.

“That was the benefit we had at Hamilton, we could expose them so when a young lad came in he was fully aware he was playing with team mates who had mortgages to pay and responsibilities.”

Neil insists City’s best youngsters will get a chance, and the 33-year-old cites Josh Murphy’s progress.

“It is early days for me so it is difficult to say about the young players we have here but the one I have seen first-hand is the boy Josh Murphy. I have been extremely impressed with him and he will be a big talent going forward,” said Neil. “He is still a little bit naïve in his game but he is certainly someone who can have an impact at this stage, even at first team level.

“I’m 33 and managing Norwich so I’ve got no fears about youth. Young players if they are good enough will get a chance under me.”

• Norwich City’s development squad is in action on Thursday against Southampton’s Under-21s, when they head to St Mary’s bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup (KO 7pm).

Paul Wilkinson’s squad booked their place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win at Fulham, Josh Murphy and Morris both on target along with Scottish under-21 international Cameron King. The likes of King and Conor McGrandles are expected to be on duty against the Saints with Watford awaiting the winners.

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11 comments

  • Trouble is Cutty now i'm in the 60's ,I can't remember the 60's

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Jacob upset , no waclor he's just crackers

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I'd guess that Mr Oyston at Blackpool failed to see the funny side of Jacob's minor Faux pas and insisted he got sent home . This is the only country in Europe where utter Nongs are allowed to own organisations and bully their employees merely because they have £££££££££££££££ and enjoy that activity , as Mr Cable observed , as some sort of Aphrodisiac . We are due to have another of the kind here as our guest on Saturday . Must go , Time to have an Egg Foo-Yung now .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Is that what upset Jacob, Wiv?

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Btw; two "the likes ofs", and two "insists". Divot hasn`t lost his touch. Or found one, going forward...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • ... with yer little bit of Blackpool Rock... You old rascal, cutty.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Wiven, I never had any problem with getting some at Blackpool, mind you that was in the 60's, is Yeovil now the venue for hopeful young men.

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    cutty

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Probably get a few more at yeovil than blackpool

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I wouldn't like my finances to rely on getting win bonuses from Yeovil this season.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • FINALLY. We have a manager who wants his young players to get out and play football. For too long our talented youngsters have sat and rotted away and trashed their careers. Fair play to NA, he did ship some out but AN has acted quickly, so far so good.

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    Crazy

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • anyone know if Soton are putting out their facebook feed for live coverage of this one

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

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