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Exciting night for talented Norwich City youngsters as Villarreal are beaten at Carrow Road

06:30 08 October 2015

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Norwich's Louis Ramsey scores and celebrates the winning goal- Norwich City u21s vs Villarreal. Group C, Premier League International Cup 2015/16 at Carrow Road, Norwich. 07.10.15. Picture: Rob Howarth/JASONPIX

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Staff at Colney may have to bring some of Norwich City’s rising stars back down to earth this morning, after a hugely 
encouraging night for the club’s academy.

Norwich's Jamie Eaton Collins and Villarreal's Pablo Larrea Norwich City u21s vs Villarreal. Group C, Premier League International Cup 2015/16 at Carrow Road, Norwich. 07.10.15. Picture: Rob Howarth/JASONPIXNorwich's Jamie Eaton Collins and Villarreal's Pablo Larrea Norwich City u21s vs Villarreal. Group C, Premier League International Cup 2015/16 at Carrow Road, Norwich. 07.10.15. Picture: Rob Howarth/JASONPIX

City’s under-21s beat their age group rivals from Spanish side Villarreal thanks to a spectacular Louis Ramsay strike in front of more than 3,500 spectators at Carrow Road last night.

That strike sealed a 1-0 win in the Premier League International Cup – despite fielding a team with an average age of just 18.

“It was probably the youngest we’ve put out for under-21s football and I think that shows the quality that’s coming through in the academy,” said Canaries U21s coach Dmitri Halajko. “The 21s is a good group, we’ve got that depth, we’ve got 18, 17 and 16-year-olds who can step up. Maybe not week in, week out but when they’re called upon at this level.

“When they’re good enough for this level at that age, it bodes well for the future, so I think that shows the strength of the academy and the depth.”

Among the promising young talent on show was 15-year-old winger Glenn Middleton, who won a penalty, which 16-year-old striker Benny Ashley-Seal saw well saved. Scotland U17 international Middleton is working with legendary Canaries wide-man Darren Huckerby to develop his talent.

“Glenn’s tied down with us on a long-term contract, we think he’s got a good future ahead of him,” Halajko added cautiously. “It was his debut at under-21 football and I thought he showed, as a 15-year-old, that he could handle that.

“I don’t think there’s many players in the country that can handle playing 21s football (at his age) and make the impact that he did. So we’re happy with him and he’ll be happy with himself but it’s 
important that we look after him.”

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11 comments

  • Spanish Canary: FlyBe has announced today it will re-introduce regular scheduled year-round services to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva from spring next year. No details available until the FlyBe schedules and timetables for 2016 are released on 10 November. I gather they will be using the small Aembiar 195 jets which I have flown in before and which are quiet and comfortable. 2x2 rows of seats. Yep, Bill, good news for me and Mrs Malaga! At present we have a two and a half hour drag down to Stansted with the attendant costs of taxis, meals and sometimes overnight stays. Sadly, it does seem that few of our academy players go on to join the first team squad. Which in turn does beg questions, as you say. However of the older ones I think the likes of Toffolo and Loza should be in consideration and also at least one of the Bennetts?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Hi Bill do you know which airports in Spain the are flying to and which Airline? Thanks mate

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    spanishcanary

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Hi Malaga, I went to the youth cup final, some three years back at Stamford Bridge. It was a wonderful night with wild celebrations from the three thousand travelling faithful, but who's left from that team? Toffolo is still here. Morris is up at Hamilton and McGeehan is plying his trade at Luton. I may have missed a couple, but the thing is that very few 'make it'. There must be other teams doing the same thing, but sadly, it does seem to be the way things are. I can only conclude therefore, that Southampton's youth players must be better, either that, or something in the mix must be different. I cannot imagine that they would take extreme risks with young players if they didn't know that they were very likely to be successful. I'd love to know how they do it though. On a different note, I see you will be getting direct flights to Norfolk's capital soon. Perhaps things are changing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Whether you can " Tie down " a 15 year-old to a contract for services is a matter best left to M'learned friends . My ( very limited knowledge ) of English Commercial Contract Law is that Courts will generally be very much biased in favour of the Minor who is party to the Contract for his services , should a dispute arise ( Like say he ; or those influencing him ; wanted him away elsewhere ) . Not shackled in the same way as an " Adult " like Frere Grabban , you see .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • excellent result!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I have watched young Glenn Middleton for a few years now in the Academy matches. What an exciting talent . He has a sweet left foot and exceptional pace. How pleasing to see the club recognising talent and giving him a chance so early on. Huge jump from playing with 15 year olds to under 21's and to Glenns' credit he did very well. Under the guidance of Huckerby this young man will go to the top - and hopefully with Norwich City.

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    Timberman

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Wonder if any of them will ever break through? Sadly I doubt it.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Maybe we are a tad fearful of blooding youngsters and giving them a chance. I look at the likes of Toffolo, Loza and the Bennetts and wonder if they were at, say, Southampton, they would be given a run? I know the argument that we are in our first year back in the Prem and need experienced players. But sometimes younger talent can be less fearful, quicker and more athletic than some older professionals. After all, if we don't give the best of our youngsters a chance, they will drift off to others clubs, mostly sold for very little money and therefore of little return to Norwich.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Perhaps what they really need is bringing into teh squad. All a matter of time I hope.

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    waclor

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Let's hope they can go on to be a force to be reckoned with. It really would be something if Hucks can bring on Middleton and who knows, we may even be able to go some way to emulating Southampton in recruiting talented youngsters!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Our under 21's have beaten a top European club's under 21's and unlike the seniors kept a clean sheet and won a penalty. So why do they need bringing down to earth?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

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