Neil Adams will protect Norwich City’s young guns

Norwich City midfielder Cameron King and striker Carlton Morris caught the eye of Neil Adams in the

Norwich City midfielder Cameron King and striker Carlton Morris caught the eye of Neil Adams in the recent development league win over Tottenham's U21s. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich City's bright young things will not be rushed into first team action by Neil Adams.

The Canaries' chief plotted the club's first FA Youth Cup victory in three decades prior to taking the top job at Carrow Road and the likes of Josh and Jacob Murphy have already featured in the first team.

Cameron King and Carlton Morris impressed during the midweek televised development win against Tottenham's Under-21s, with Adams insisting both are on course to emulate the Murphy twins.

'I gave Cameron King his debut at Shrewsbury (in the League Cup) and he is one I knew very well from the youth team, the same with Carlton Morris,' said Adams. 'Cam has all the attributes, the talent he has got is incredible, but he has had a frustrating 12 or 18-month period because he has been on and off with injuries. He looked back to his best the other night and you saw the major impact he had on the game. With Carlton he is on loan at Oxford, but he isn't getting a game so the beauty of that arrangement is we can get him back for our under-21 games. He needed a game, but now he goes back to Oxford.'

Adams is fielding numerous other loan inquiries from Football League clubs for his best talent, but the City boss is keen to strike the right balance, with Norwich's development squad signing up for the inaugural Premier League international cup tournament against the likes of Porto and Borussia Monchengladbach's youngsters.

'Clubs are requesting them now, the offers are being put to the players but there won't be an exodus because we have to keep that under-21 team together,' he said. 'We had four over-age players who were involved the other night, so take them out and who else goes in? What you don't want to do is put really young lads in.'

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