Norwich City’s young guns set to fly the nest
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Neil Adams is ready to sanction short-term loan exits to give some of his younger talent a chance to shine in the Football League.
The Norwich City boss sat down on Thursday afternoon with his coaching staff to decide which of the club's emerging players will continue their development away from Carrow Road now the emergency loan window is open.
League One club Preston have enquired about Jacob Murphy, whilst the likes of Jamar Loza, Cameron McGeehan and Adel Gafaiti were all loaned out last season. Adams, however, is keen to strike the right balance when it comes to those operating just below his frontline troops.
'We'll decide who is right to go out and who needs to stay. What we have to be careful of is there are a lot of youngsters and fringe lads who are ready for first team football but what we can't do is let seven, eight, nine go and we can't field a side at under-21 level,' he said. 'We have to make sure we're competitive at that level but there are players we now feel are ready to go and compete. Certainly if they are not getting close to the first team or the bench here then we have to decide is it better for them to stay here and develop or can we say, 'Off you go for a month, two months,' and go and experience first team football.'
Adams has plenty of options for the Championship trip to Blackpool with Ryan Bennett and Mark Bunn (both ankle) the only injury absentees following Jonny Howson and Gary Hooper's return to the first team fold after pre-season injuries.
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'There is a clean bill of health from Tuesday,' he said. 'We trained at Carrow Road with everybody on Thursday and we look okay at the minute. With Jonny and Gary, it's a case of getting their fitness back. Players are different; some are naturally fit and can step straight back in, others need a little bit more. We're really pleased that they both came through it. It's always about the 24-48 hours after the game, and so far so good, nobody has reported anything that's going to keep them out.'
Adams hopes to reap the benefits from his selection overhaul for the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Shrewsbury where he made 11 changes.
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'From that point of view, how we approached the League Cup tie means we had a lot of players who didn't have that midweek fixture,' he said. 'They trained and we they had some time off, based on where they are fitness-wise right now.'