Norwich City loanee Harry Toffolo is learning the hard way

07:15 28 October 2014

Norwich City defender Harry Toffolo made his Football League debut at loan club Swindon Town on Saturday. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich City defender Harry Toffolo made his Football League debut at loan club Swindon Town on Saturday. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Norwich City loanee Harry Toffolo admitted his first brush with the Football League was a culture shock after making his debut in Swindon’s 2-2 League One draw against Colchester.

Toffolo’s bow for the Robins came as a second half subtitute on Saturday at the County Ground after completing an initial one-month loan move.

The FA Youth Cup winner aims to impress Neil Adams in his first tour of duty away from the Canaries following an impressive spell at development level this season.

“It was big shock from the under 21s, let’s say that, (with) all the swearing on the sidelines,” he said. “I’m used to the under 21s level in the Premier League so it is lot different. That is quite quick. This is a different tempo, it is men’s football so it is a lot more physical and it is dealing with that – that is what separates the best from the rest.

“Norwich have a Norwich way (of playing), they try to play out from the back so this is sort of the perfect club for me and that is what Neil Adams said as well, my gaffer at Norwich, it is the perfect club. Swindon play the same kind of football as they do at Norwich and it is a really good club.”

Toffolo came up against a familiar foe in Colchester’s ranks with ex-Canary David Fox on a short-term deal with the Us after his summer release from Carrow Road.

“I spoke to David Fox before (the game) and he put a little tweet out saying welcome to the real world sort of thing,” said the 19-year-old. “It is men’s football and some of the boys in there (the dressing room) have got mortgages and houses. When you play under 21s you are pretty much playing with your mates. This is serious, you have got to get down there and work hard in matches to get the results.

“I keep going back to the under 21s, it is about one game every 12 days so this is perfect, you are playing men’s football, playing League One with a great team. If you are playing Saturday, Tuesday you have more opportunities to go out there and show what you can do.”

Toffolo could be poised to make his full league debut in Tuesday’s League One trip to Chesterfield, after Mark Cooper’s side were twice pegged back at the weekend to remain outside the play-offs.

“We created some chances and played some lovely football, but it is no good if you defend like that,” said Cooper. “You have got to be a little bit deeper that is something that we have to work on.”


  • As things stand Cap, you are right. However if there was a sensible and competitive reserve league in which young players could make the step up from under 21 football to "Men's Football", we could watch our stars of the future progress through the ranks. They would be playing with and against other classy young players, experienced players recuperating from injury and older squad members anxious to impress and get into the first team. Perhaps then we would have an England team that was not an embarrassment and match commentators would be able to pronounce more of the names on Match of the Day.

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    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • You're right Cap! By the way Splat The Cat has been licking his chops an looking in your direction.

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    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • This is what it's all about. If anyone doubted the benefit of loaning our youngsters out then they only have to read this article. He will come back a better player for the whole experience.

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    Cap Canary

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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