Who will take Jed Steer on loan?

Paul Lambert is hoping someone is ready to take a chance on Canaries teenage goalkeeper Jed Steer.

The City boss called Steer into his first team squad at the weekend and is keen for him to further his trade with some first-team games on loan.

But Lambert admits that finding a manager prepared to help blood the England Under-18 international isn't easy.

'Other teams are under pressure and if they take a chance on a young kid, even though I am sure he wouldn't let them down, your job is on the line at times,' he said. 'Do you throw somebody that age in?

'It's hard for a manager of any club, especially in a first-team game where your job depends on other things.'

Steer – who signed his first professional contract of two and half years in September last year, is effectively third choice at Carrow Road behind John Ruddy and Declan Rudd, but he figured prominently in City's pre-season schedule.

'Even when he came to Germany with us he never let himself down,' said Lambert, who saw the 18-year-old impress in City's FA Youth Cup win over Charlton last Tuesday, capped by a last-minute penalty save.

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'It was a brilliant save and I thought his general game was very good,' said Lambert.

'He is getting bigger and filling up. He's only a kid in goalkeeper's terms but he is going to be a really good goalkeeper.

'His hands are good and he kicks it really well, so I don't have one problem with Jed. He is going to be very, very good.'

Lambert has three players on loan with League Two clubs – 19-year-olds Tom Adeyemi and George Francomb at Bradford and Barnet respectively, while 24-year-old striker Cody McDonald is at Gillingham, where he is leading scorer with six goals in 14 starts.

The teenagers are in a similar situation to Steer in that they need games in order to develop and Lambert receives regular reports on their progress.

'They have done fine,' he said. 'They are only kids, they are miles from our first team. They needed men's football to bring them on and that's what we decided to do.

McDonald is at Priestfield for the season, Francomb's initial loan has been extended to January 9 while Adeyemi's deal ends on January 3.