Norwich City full-back Harry Toffolo ready to face West Brom in televised FA Cup clash
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Norwich City youngster Harry Toffolo is hoping to boost his profile in front of a national audience this evening, when his loan club Peterborough United take on West Brom in the FA Cup.
Posh held the Premier League side to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns to take the fourth round tie to a replay, which the 20-year-old looks likely to be involved in from the start.
The Canaries academy product missed the first game against the Baggies after suffering a concussion in a 1-0 home loss to League One promotion rivals Burton Albion.
The left-back returned to the Posh starting line-up for Saturday's 1-0 win at Chesterfield, when Graham Westley's side held on despite being down to nine men in the second half.
'When you got momentum you want to keep that going and the boys have got a lot of it at the moment,' Toffolo said.
'The morale is very high, they're confident as well which is always a good thing and they're not looking at this game as a daunting task, they're looking at it as a chance to play against a top Premier League side in front of millions of people watching on TV.
'It's an opportunity for them to showcase their skills and you never know what can happen in the future.'
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The England Under-20 international looks certain to start Toffolo is certain to start due to suspensions for fellow defenders Michael Smith and Ricardo Santos, as well as injury concerns for Jack Baldwin and Gaby Zakuani.
'I'm absolutely gutted for Michael Smith and Rico, as they were probably the two standout players in the FA Cup in the last game against West Brom,' Toffolo continued.
'So for them to miss out on the game for them is tough but now it's down to us for them to be able to play in the next round of the FA Cup away at Reading.
'Those boys put in an absolute shift at The Hawthorns and I missed out, and now it's my turn to put in that shift for them, and likewise with the other boys that come into the game due to the suspension.
'The boys out there in training like really sharp, the morale is really high and we're feeling confident going into the game.'
The full-back joined Norwich as a 12-year-old and was a key part of the under-18s team which won the FA Youth Cup under the guidance of Neil Adams in 2013.
After helping Swindon reach the League One play-off final last season, Toffolo was handed his City debut by Alex Neil in a Capital One Cup second round win at Rotherham earlier this season.
The defender then played seven games in the Championship with Rotherham before joining Peterbough in the third tier for the remainder of the season.
With tonight's match (7.45pm kick-off) being screened live on BBC One, it is another big opportunity for the Canaries prospect.
'It's the sort of stage you want to be playing at and obviously an opportunity to play against a Premier League side is always a real positive for us, playing League One football,' Toffolo added, speaking to Posh's website.
'So everyone is relishing the opportunity and they can't wait to get out there.'