Norwich City’s two-goal starlet Cameron King hailed as a real talent after a key role in Tottenham U21s 3-1 win
Norwich City's stand-in development boss Jerry Gill praised his young guns who sparkled in Tuesday's televised 3-1 U21 Premier League development win over Tottenham's U21s at Carrow Road.
Cameron King struck a brace and Carlton Morris opened the scoring with a deflected header, which struck Spurs' defender Conor Ogilvie, in front of a record 10,405 attendance for national development football – which included watching first team chief Neil Adams.
King made his senior debut in the recent Capital One Cup tie at Shrewsbury and Gill is touting the young midfielder to continue his accelerated progress.
'We struggled to get him out on the training pitch last season because of injuries. The key now with him is to keep him fit because he is real talent and we have high hopes for him at the football club,' said Gill, who was deputising for Dale Brooks. 'You could see from his finish for the third goal the touch and the technique should not be underestimated. It was a brilliant piece of composure. He is a player that can find space and that is always a key attribute for a young player. He fits into our philosophy of how we want to play.
'You see the gaffer is here, and Robbo (Mark Robson) and Ricky (Martin) and it is a night for the young players to put on a show. We know from history that Neil will give academy lads a chance. If I am a young player at Norwich then I know there is no better time to be here. It wasn't just Cameron but there were a few who caught his eye. They need to do it on a regular basis, not just the big nights at Carrow Road but cold, windy training days at Colney.'
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Gill also singled out the senior stars who led by example, with Gary Hooper, Ignasi Miquel and captain Elliott Bennett playing the full 90 minutes.
'They were brilliant, Hoops and Benno,' said Gill. 'The attitude, the application, the work rate whenever they have turned out for the under-21s is spot on. Hoops is getting to a level of fitness where we want him and he is I am sure knocking on that door to the squad. Without the senior players doing it right, we don't get a performance like that from the younger players, who feed off that.'
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Gill saluted the Canaries' support after a record-breaking turnout at development level for the televised contest.
'It is unbelievable to get that number of people. It shows the hard work going on behind the scenes,' he said. 'We want to encourage the academy side of the club. It shows what a place Norwich is as a city and they want to come out and support their football club. We need to entertain and put on the right product and we are doing that from the first team down. Hopefully we have many more to come this season at Carrow Road.'