Norwich City have cemented their place as regular components of the top two tiers of English football in the last six decades, finishing third in the Premier League’s inaugural season before a flirtation with the UEFA Cup the following campaign saw them stun Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium.
The double League Cup winners have also produced some talented players with over 500 career appearances for the likes of former England internationals Rob Green and Danny Mills, Welsh striker Craig Bellamy, defender Jason Shackell and veteran Chris Martin.
A public investment scheme launched in 2018 has since transformed the youth facilities into a Category 1 Academy with new pitches, floodlights, gyms, changing rooms, offices and analysis resources. Storming to the Championship title in 2019, Norwich’s faith in youth was showcased to the nation with the likes of Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, Todd Cantwell and Jamal Lewis attracting attention across the country and beyond.
The Canaries Under-23s are hoping to learn from a challenging Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign last season that saw them finish 11th out of 13 teams. However, if their pre-season form is anything to go by, they could be set to entertain with eight goals scored and six goals conceded in just two matches after a 5-3 victory against Leiston and 3-3 draw at Boston United.
Susceptible to a defensive mistake in the back four, as that recent record may suggest, the young Canaries possess plenty of speed in attack combined with an astute pressing game. Abu Kamara has pace to burn, whilst Tom Dickson-Peters is an intelligent striker. Scotland youth international Aidan Fitzpatrick has also looked dangerous in wide positions since returning from a loan spell with Queen of the South.
And keep an eye out for the talented Shae Hutchinson who has been through two kidney transplants in two years after being diagnosed with Alport Syndrome when he was a child.
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