Norwich City youngster Harry Toffolo is set for his FA Cup bow
PUBLISHED: 06:45 08 November 2014
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Norwich City youngster Harry Toffolo has a licence to thrill on loan at League One Swindon Town.
The 19-year-old savoured a winning full league debut for the Robins against promotion-chasing Preston in midweek and the Canaries have granted Swindon permission for Toffolo to make his FA Cup bow this weeekend against Cheltenham.
Toffolo was deployed as an attacking wing-back against North End and the club’s FA Youth Cup winning defender enjoys the extra freedom.
“I love getting forward, he said. “I’m generally a left-back but I like to get forward a lot so the left wing-back role suits me as well. You have to get back and do your job there but I love getting forward and doing as much as I can. Preston were a physical side, especially Kevin Davies, so when he came on it was a great experience for all of the defence.
“It was one of the best team performances I’ve ever been in. The lads were amazing throughout the whole game.
“The gaffer said that’s the sort of team that will finish in the top four in this league, so if you get a result against a team like that and keeping a clean sheet, it sort of shows we can do this and give ourselves a fighting chance for promotion this year.”
Robins’ chief Mark Cooper is reaping the benefits of a close tie-up with the Canaries, who signed the highly-rated Louis Thompson in the summer before loaning him back to his boyhood club for the season.
“It’s important that we keep strengthening these relationships. When the boys come we try to look after them and I think Harry is enjoying himself,” said Cooper, with Toffolo midway through an initial one-month deal. “We’ve given him a couple of weeks to look at how we do it before throwing him straight in and he took to it like a duck to water the other night.
“That’s one game so hopefully he can keep that level up and I think we were always pretty positive that, once he got in the team, they would give us permission for him to play (in the FA Cup).
“We’ve got that relationship with Louis and initially we took Harry to have a look at him and get him into our way of playing and thinking, with an option to take it further and make it longer. If we play him in the FA Cup and cup-tie him then we have to look at keeping him longer. If he keeps playing like that then we would love to keep him.”