Nathan Redmond takes his mentoring role seriously at Norwich City
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Nathan Redmond is ready to be the leader of the pack with Norwich City's exciting young guns.
The England Under-21 starlet passes on any advice he can to the likes of the Murphy twins and Jamar Loza after amassing plenty of experience from playing more than 100 league games for boyhood club Birmingham and the Canaries.
'I was fortunate at Birmingham to have a lot of senior players, like Stephen Carr, Roger Johnson, Curtis Davies, Lee Bowyer, a lot of older players who groomed me quite well when I was coming through,' he said. 'To develop in that type of atmosphere matured me a lot quicker.
'Now in the dressing room when I see Josh and Jacob and Jamar, and they are all around my age, it is nice to hear from someone of their own age as well as the older lads and, if they need it, to give them that rollicking at times as well.'
Redmond takes his mentoring role with fellow wide player Josh Murphy seriously.
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'He has worked hard,' said Redmond, of the England U20 starlet, who earned his first league start against Leeds last week. 'He is showing flashes of good things and there will be other times when he might not do too much in a game, but I make sure I say to him to take something away from every match, good or bad.
'Everyone gets frustrated with wingers. Sometimes stuff comes off and sometimes it doesn't, but Josh needs to know he is in a different situation. If he looks after the ball in the right areas then, just like the gaffer says to me in the final third, go and do your thing and enjoy yourself.
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'You get that encouragement in the final third from the gaffer and Holty (Gary Holt) and Robbo (Mark Robson) to produce an end product.'
• Here OLLIE BAINES picks out his ten to follow from the club's emerging talent pool
• Reece Hall-Johnson – 19-year-old, Hall-Johnson has impressed in his short time with Norwich City. The young midfielder played a key role in the Canaries' FA Youth Cup winning campaign after scoring the winning penalty to send them into the final against Chelsea. The attacking midfielder or wing back looks to turn defence into attack at every opportunity.
• Cameron King – A player who has matured into a fine attacking outlet, King is turning heads after his recent developemnt brace against Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road, a game which was played in-front of a record crowd for an Under-21 game. The slight, nippy and technical King has greatly impressed and was duly rewarded with a cameo appearance for the first team in the Capital One Cup tie at Shrewsbury.
• Kyle McFadden – The Irish defender has been tipped for a bright future by Norwich boss Neil Adams. The youngster has impressed with his solidity in the Canaries' FA Youth Cup run and was rewarded with a first team debut in the Captial One Cup tie against Crawley Town. Hailed by Adams after his performance, McFadden is clearly in the manager's thinking for the future.
• Adel Gafaiti – Solid, assured and cultured anywhere along the back line, Gafaiti's qualities have been recognised beyond the club with Oldham Athletic loaning the young defender last season. However, restricted to just the single substitute appearance Gafaiti struggled to land a first team place at the Latics. Nonetheless, it will have proved a worthwhile experience for the youngster.
• Harry Toffolo – The left-sided defender was instrumental in City's FA Youth Cup winning campaign. Toffolo exudes calmness whilst maintaining the aggressiveness of a modern defender. Swindon Town have recently picked up the youngster on loan and the 19-year-old played his first ever League One match against Colchester United.
• Jacob Murphy – Twin of Josh, who has now forced his way firmly into the first team picture, but Jacob is another future star. Already has experience of first team football after a successful loan spell with Southend, Jacob is showing he has the ability to be one of City's rising talents. Blessed with pace and an eye for goal.
• Cameron McGeehan – Natural leader and captain of the Canaries' FA Youth Cup winning side. A loan move to Luton Town ensured McGeehan played first team football in the unforgiving environment of the non-league game. It was a challenge the dynamic midfielder thrived upon and I don't think it will be long before McGeehan knocks on the door of the first team.
• Carlton Morris – An out and out striker. Tall, strong, powerful and fast; Morris is becoming the all-round frontman. A player who you expect to score plenty of goals, Morris was recruited by League Two Oxford United earlier this season before cutting short his loan spell after nine games. The young professional was another who impressed in the recent televised development league win over Tottenham's U21s.
• Jamar Loza – Loza's goal scoring habits have earned him a place in the first team squad. The Jamaican is a striker who lives on the shoulder of the last defender. He has plenty of pace and looks a natural finisher, Currently behind Kyle Lafferty, Gary Hooper, Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome, Loza must bide his time to prove his worth. I have no doubt he will take the opportunity with both hands.
• Josh Murphy – England U20 international and a fully-fledged Norwich City first team player. Murphy's career progression has accelerated over the last 12 months after his sensational strike against Watford in the Capital One Cup last season. The winger has been a part of every squad so far this season and earned his first league start for the Canaries against Leeds United in October. Murphy won the coveted goal of the month for his incredible late strike against Blackpool in City's 3-1 Championship win over the Tangerines. Fans have been impressed with his maturity in such a short amount of time and many feel it may be time for the young Norfolk lad to be in the starting XI more consistently. A player who gets the Norwich faithful on their feet, Murphy's pace and willingness to attack full backs could be a key feature of Norwich's attacking play in the coming months. Could Murphy be one of the biggest talents in England right now, let alone Norfolk? We shall see.