Norwich City boss Alex Neil wants more from sparkling Sergi Canos; Jérôme Onguéné swoop can wait
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Alex Neil is poised to let Sergi Canos off the leash after his eye-catching Championship debut.
The teenage starlet impressed during a second half cameo in the 1-0 league win against a Bristol City side who he snubbed in favour of a Carrow Road summer switch from Liverpool.
Canos has had to defer to Jacob and Josh Murphy in the opening salvos, but Neil needs no convincing of the 19-year-old midfielder's talent.
'I thought he was excellent. He did really well,' said the City boss. 'He'll only get better and he has a great attitude. I have really high hopes for him. I still think we need to get his capacity up, so he is capable of getting up and down the pitch. He can do that no problem, he can run, but I am asking him to do more work to get in my side than he has been asked to do before in the past. We need to get him up to speed.'
Canos replaced Murphy, who has struggled to make the same devastating impact as twin Jacob after his stunning display in the opening-day 4-1 rout at Blackburn.
'Josh got his chance and then Sergi came on and they are not always going to play well, they are young boys and we have to understand that, but we have got to persevere with them,' said Neil. 'Him and his brother have got huge potential. They have been floating on the periphery for quite a while at Norwich and this is hopefully going to be their breakthrough season. I know they are supporters of Norwich so if they want to play for their local club then performances have to be of a standard to get them into the team.
'I wanted that freshness and youth this season and with Sergi, James Maddison and Alex Pritchard we have a whole host of players capable of making an impact.'
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Neil confirmed earlier this week another emerging talent, French European Championship U19-winning defender Jérôme Onguéné, had visited Norfolk for talks.
'It is not one that is ruled out by any means,' said Neil. 'But we have to make sure we get strikers in the building before we spend money elsewhere on anything.'