'There are a number of boys who could push into our first team squad' - Young Canaries set for FA Youth Cup quest
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Norwich City begin their FA Youth Cup quest against Barnsley at Carrow Road on Tuesday with head coach David Wright urging his young Canaries to forget the hype and focus on business.
City’s fairytale win in 2013, when the likes of Josh and Jacob Murphy starred to sink Chelsea, remains a highlight for the City academy set-up but Wright is not looking beyond the Tykes.
“It is a great experience for them. The boys get an opportunity to play at the stadium and that is the end goal for them all, to play in our first team,” said Wright. “Generally, the players build it up themselves.
“It is a big tournament so there is no need for me or my assistant Alan (Neilsen) to put any extra pressure on.
“It is rather a case of winding them back in. You try and concentrate on it as a normal game; albeit it is a special occasion. By game time we want them ready to go. No different preparation.
“Barnsley will be tough. We know how they play, the threats they pose and on our side how we can hurt them.”
City beat Leicester’s U18s 1-0 on Saturday and drew with Manchester City’s powerful academy side earlier this month. Wright’s squad is also bolstered by some of those who have stepped up to development level this season.
“The last week or so the likes of Timmy (Odusina), Max (Aarons) and Bilal (Kamal) have dropped down into our group and trained with us,” he said. “They bring that extra layer of quality and intensity and it is one of the reasons why they are in the 23s.
“They have earned the right.
“In terms of our results and performances this season it has been a mixed bag, but there have been real signs of late they understand what we are trying to do, in terms of the change in formation and a slightly different philosophy.
“Producing players is so important and fans love to see a homegrown player. We have some really good players here.
“We want to keep moving forward. There are a number of boys if they keep working hard could go on and push into our first team squad. Every game now is an opportunity to develop and impress.”
• Tickets for Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup third round tie at Carrow Road (kick off 7pm) are priced £3 per person and can be purchased from the club’s usual ticket outlets.
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