England honours would cap off a fine introduction to senior football for Angus Gunn
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It’s been quite a five months for Angus Gunn.
It was clear in the summer that once Manchester City paid £40m to sign Ederson that Gunn wouldn’t be getting much of a look-in at Eastlands this season. The youngster suddenly found himself behind the former Benfica man and Claudio Bravo, who City paid £13.75m last year.
Taking the nostalgia element out of the equation from his father’s time at Carrow Road, a loan move to Norwich City made perfect sense for Gunn.
It was the club that gave him a start in football before he joined Manchester City as a 15-year-old.
Norwich fans loved it and he almost became the poster boy for the new-look Norwich City that would now be guided by sporting director Stuart Webber.
But there were a few sceptics around pointing to the fact that Gunn hadn’t played any senior football. Building your backline around an inexperienced goalkeeper was a big risk...but it has been one well worth taking.
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Gunn has been one of the few consistent positives from what has been a rocky season at NR1 so far.
But no one could have predicted that just a few months after making his senior debut he would be called up by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Only time will tell whether Gunn can continue battling for England honours. In all likelihood only Premier League football can keep him in Southgate’s thoughts in the long term and a lot needs to happen between now and the end of the season for Norwich to be able to offer that.
But that can wait for another day - Norwich can at least be proud to have played a part in producing another goalkeeper capable of representing his country.
It was City’s Youth Development officer Colin Watts who perhaps had the biggest impact on setting Gunn on the path to England honours as father, Bryan, explains.
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“Angus has been staying at the Grove with England and I remember him and I staying there years ago the night before an Under-9s tournament in Watford for Norwich.
“He had always been an outfield player before but it was here that I saw him make his first proper saves as a goalkeeper and I remember thinking we might have a keeper on our hands here.
“Colin Watts came and had a chat with me and said he saw Angus’ future as a goalkeeper.”