Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy is loving life with Joe Cole at Coventry City
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Norwich City's young gun Jacob Murphy is reaping the rewards of playing alongside former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole on-loan at League One Coventry City.
Murphy has found himself out of the starting line up since Cole's arrival on a short-term deal from Premier League Aston Villa but the 20-year-old is looking at the bigger picture during his season-long stint at the Sky Blues.
'It is great to play and train with someone like that. He is really experienced, he has great knowledge of the game, and you can't help but pick up little bits in training,' said Murphy. 'He is humble, down-to-earth and it is great to just hear his stories from the clubs he has been at. The rest of us just sit there.
'It is really exciting to play in such an attacking side. You know something is going to happen and you can almost stand and admire it at times. I was on the bench twice after starting nine games in a row so I knew there would be a time that happened.'
Murphy feels he making good progress with the promotion hopefuls after previous loan spells at the likes of Blackpool and Colchester.
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'I've really enjoyed it. It's been a great experience for me so far,' he told Coventry's official site. 'The lads welcomed me straight away and the team had been doing well. It's a well-run club, just like Norwich.
'They have big expectations here and that is no different. I have played 30-odd games on loan at other clubs so it gets me ready for when I go back to my parent club.
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'I have learned a lot already from Tony Mowbray which is why I am here to keep on developing and just day by day training and playing you are going to improve technically.
'One of the things I wanted to improve is to come here and score goals. I got one early on but they have dried up since but I am sure once I get one I will go on a little run. The manager has spoken to me about the defensive side of my game and I am always looking to make my good more rounded.'
Murphy has scored once in 14 appearances for Mowbray's young squad who are looking to get back to winning ways after three league draws halted their early-season progress. Coventry host Peterborough at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday before Barnsley visit next week.
'We have two winnable games coming up now, starting with Peterborough and although we have had a few draws of late those are the points that add up come the end of the season,' he said. 'We are still creating lots of chances and if we start converting them again there is no reason to get too down.
'It is a good pressure to have, that expectation to win games rather than fighting at the wrong end of the table. We just have to maintain our form now. I like that pressure.'
• Fellow Norwich academy product Cameron Norman has joined Conference National Woking on a youth loan until November 28.