Support will ensure the Murphy twins peak at Norwich City
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Jacob Murphy believes both he and his twin brother will share the benefits of supporting each other at Norwich City.
The Murphy twins look set to be fully established in City's senior mix for the first time in their lengthy development at the club – but their fortunes have been very different so far this term.
Jacob scored a stunning opening-day goal at Blackburn – which has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship goal of the month award – and after a hamstring niggle, followed it up with a second goal in the EFL Cup thrashing of Coventry – while twin Josh could not make the most of his Championship starts when he replaced his sidelined sibling.
The difference may have simply been confidence or form, but the support the pair can offer each other will help both get through any dips they face while at City.
Jacob said: 'It's just about driving each other on. If one of us is lacking in a bit of form, we are there not only as a team-mate but as a brother to pick each other up, and we always help each other along.
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'That's the best thing about having him about, and me being there for him – that we can pick each other up. But he's strong enough to get back from a dip in form as he showed against Coventry himself – he played really well when he came on.'
The 21-year-old academy products have an even younger rival competing with them for first-team involvement, in the shape of summer signing Sergi Canos.
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The Spaniard could make little impact at Birmingham last time out, but their battle for first team minutes is unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon.
Jacob added: 'I wouldn't say it's a rivalry – I'd just say it's healthy competition. We are young lads and we're good friends as well, so it just helps us to push each other to the next step in our game and raises our performance levels.'
Jacob's two goals so far this season puts him level with Canos and Cameron Jerome in the early-season top scorer charts – and yes, he does fancy topping that list come May.
He smiled: 'That's my target – to get as many goals as I can.'