Is it time for Norwich City to put their trust in youngsters for rest of the season?

Is it time for Norwich City to turn to their youngsters this season? Picture: Focus Images

Is it time for Norwich City to turn to their youngsters this season? Picture: Focus Images - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Is it time for Norwich City to blood their youngsters?

A five-match winless streak has effectively ended any hope City had of gatecrashing the play-offs and the planning for next season must start now.

Big changes lie ahead in the summer and Alex Neil, if he is to remain at the helm, must decide who is part of City's future.

Neil made the decision at the start of the season to stick with the majority of the squad that came down from the Premier League.

It was a mistake and it has left Neil vulnerable, to say the least. Supporters are calling for his head after every indifferent result, and there have been far too many of them this season.


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But there is perhaps one way that he could buy himself a bit of time with supporters and that's by turning to a younger core of players, hungry to make an impression.

Jacob Murphy has already made the breakthrough this season whilst his twin brother, Josh, has shown fleeting signs of matching his sibling's development in recent weeks.

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James Maddison decided against extending his loan spell at Aberdeen in the hope of pushing for first team football at Carrow Road. If he doesn't get a game now when City have little to play for then what was the thinking in investing so heavily in him in the first place?

City reportedly held off Tottenham and Liverpool to conclude a multi-million pound deal from Coventry and it's surely time for the 20-year-old to start adjusting to the rigours of the Championship.

Alex Pritchard's move from Spurs hasn't worked out in the way either party would hope so far but with 10 matches to go, could it be time for the 23-year-old to emerge from Wes Hoolahan's shadow?

Ben Godfrey's development is at a crucial stage and Neil needs to know whether he can be relied upon consistently in the second tier.

It's a difficult one to call and there is nothing to be gained by throwing them all in at once to the detriment of their long-term prospects.

But the planning for next season starts now and Neil needs to know now which youngsters are part of the club's immediate, and long-term, future.

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