Adeyemi's big start

Tom Adeyemi's immediate playing future will be determined by how he returns for pre-season training. The Canaries youngster signed a new two-year contract this week, but manager Paul Lambert admits he may benefit from a loan spell.

Tom Adeyemi's immediate playing future will be determined by how he returns for pre-season training.

The Canaries youngster signed a new two-year contract this week, but manager Paul Lambert admits he may benefit from a loan spell.

That decision will be made after Lambert sees how the 18-year-old changes over the summer.

"He's a year behind Korey (Smith) and their bodies are different and develop at different times and at different rates," said Lambert.


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"He is just somebody that I think has got to keep progressing and hopefully his time will come quicker rather than later. He has terrific potential and we'll need to see how he does."

Lambert has already allowed David Stephens to end the season with League Two side Lincoln City and suggested young goalkeeper Declan Rudd may benefit from a loan - and the same could apply to Adeyemi.

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"It might do," he said. "I just have to wait and see. He might come back and hit the ground running, so we don't know."

While Adeyemi's future is sorted, there are still question marks over a number of other players - all of which will have to wait until the season ends in eight days' time.

Darel Russell, Gary Doherty, Paul McVeigh and Jamie Cureton are all out of contract, while there is no confirmation that Michael Rose's loan move from Stockport will be made permanent.

"What we are doing is just getting through it at the moment," said Lambert. "I will speak to everybody after it's all finished."

One man whose future looks more bright than bleak is central defender Michael Nelson, whose season started with the 7-1 defeat by Colchester, but is ending on a high after scoring the goal which secured promotion, and then rubber stamping the win which wrapped up the League One title.

Nelson's efforts have earned him a nomination for the Coca-Cola League One Player of the Month award, which will be announced tomorrow morning.

"You just can't pillory somebody for having a bad game in August when the lad was just new to it," said Lambert.

"I know everybody got a bit of criticism for the Colchester game, but it's one game and everybody was hurting. But his form of late has been terrific and he gives you everything he has got.

"I thought on Saturday he was excellent. He has got a big heart and he has got a great desire to go and try and win games - and he's a terrific lad, a very, very funny lad and he's been great for me.

"You know what you are going to get from him, that's the big thing."

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