Neil Adams denies any spat with Norwich City’s record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Norwich City youngster Jamar Loza was preferred to Ricky van Wolfswinkel by Neil Adams. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City youngster Jamar Loza was preferred to Ricky van Wolfswinkel by Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 12, 2014
6:15 AM

Jamar Loza rewarded Neil Adams’ faith with a vibrant Premier League senior debut for Norwich City after being preferred to club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

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Adams scotched claims of a major bust-up with the Dutch striker after his omission from the match day squad, with van Wolfswinkel watching the action from the Jarrold Stand.

“Nothing has happened as such. He just wasn’t picked to play. He was fit and available for selection but I felt Jamar deserved his chance to play and be involved,” said Adams. “Was there a strop? I don’t know. I named the team and the substitutes and that was it as far as I was concerned. He didn’t refuse to be a substitute. I certainly didn’t see a strop. The players not involved leave the changing room and that is fairly standard practice. He was watching the game and that was right thing.

“Jamar has vindicated that decision. He gave us something different and he nearly scored, which would have capped a fairytale day for him. It was a simple, straight forward choice.”

Loza (pictured) did not look out of place in a second-half cameo after previous loan stints this season at the likes of Coventry, Leyton Orient and Southend.

The 19-year-old was swiftly involved when he created a chance for Nathan Redmond before bringing a stop out of Lukasz Fabianski in the closing moments.

Adams admits the likes of Loza and the Murphy twins could have a much bigger role to play following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

“I thought Jamar did excellently on his debut. He is a player we have brought through the ranks and we sent him out on loan to get him some experience in men’s football,” said Adams. “I thought he looked lively and bright and sharp. He has got pace and he can score goals and he gave the Arsenal defenders one or two problems. That was a big plus point.

“We had great success last season with the FA Youth Cup side and although he wasn’t involved in that he is one of a few we feel have a bright future and playing in the Championship next season that could open doors for two or three of them.

“Jamar will certainly be one we are looking to get knocking on the door. Josh Murphy has played a part, his brother Jacob is out on loan and there are others coming through. It is vitally important for the club.”

• Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington have been named in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional 32-man squad for four end-of-season friendlies, including two games in America.

13 comments

  • I will never understand why? the Winkle was never played in the Under 21's, but let's face it he would have had a hard job to get on the bench at Lowestoft, kicked more air than the Dunlop Man

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Will somebody please translate tinkerbell`s effort?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Ah, that goal against Everton and everything looked so rosy.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Gibbo I understand he was in the stadium for the game still. Dont doubt Neil on that but we saw him walking away and he didnt look happy at all. Dont blame him really. Everytime he got subbed he looked so frustrated. You could tell he just wanted a goal, any kind of real chance.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Mattias, don't know who the 110% saw but he spent most of the match up with us in J section of the Jarrold. Admittedly he and his entourage didn't look very happy but that's understandable given the situation. I thought it very brave to sit with the supporters he had let down. To give him credit he did stop to have a picture taken with a young fan. Perhaps if he could use this ability to be in two places at the same time he might score more goals next season, hopefully for us.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • i suppose all you RVW doubter blame him for the defeat yesterday! I cannot blame him if he walked away, he has been treated badly, the same as Becchio but in a different sense. and who do I blame Snoddy to big headed for NCFC so the sooner he leave the better

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    canarybell

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I dont blame you Mellow! Rest of my lot in lower barclay cleared off to the pub to so I missed that round. I was interested to see what sort of thanks us fans got for being blooming amazing again but it was just the usual suspects who cared. Martin went up to the bench and tried to get people to walk round who were in the tunnel area. A majority turned around and walked off though. Pilks certainly did so thanks and goodbye to him! Its disappointing because there is children who look up to their idols and for them to shrug it off and not bother showing their thanks is a disgrace.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • RVW has had too many oppotunities to put things right he is just not a premiership striker

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    leslie cater

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I suppose from RVW's perspective he just wants opportunities to put things right - can't blame him for that. I didn't see the 'lap of appreciation'. Left as soon as the final whistle was blown. The atmosphere was subdued and the players looked dejected therefore I couldn't wait to make a swift exit and seek refuge in a nearby public house.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Aah, just spotted the answer to that question in The Padster`s headline - Winkel is Norwich City`s record signing. Every day`s a schoolday for "the likes of" we mere, peripheral fans...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Who is this Wolfswinkel character? Or should that be `Why`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Was always disappointed not to start but always got on with it. When I managed, had one player badgering me why he was on the bench when I was starting the team talk and told him in front of the rest "you're on the bench as there are 11 better players on the pitch". Didn't go down well but got the message. Hoping to get a start Saturday away at Bayern Munich veterans. Might be getting the odd ex German international up against us. Hope it goes to penalties. As for RVW, the Dutch are not known for their modesty but he cannot complain about the amount of time he was been given this season for limited return. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Well they certainly showed their true colours yesterday. I know the 'lap of appreciation' was an awkward thing to view anyway after the season we've had but I was stunned at only about 16 people doing it. Full time whistle went and they were told to get walking. Most the match day squad + a few kids like Carlton Morris did the lap of appreciation. No sign of Wes, Pilks, Becchio, the loan players and even Elmander who was in the match day squad. Complete joke. End of the day they have young children who still look up to them, regardless what fans may think of them. Very disappointing. In terms of RVW walking out, we 110% saw him before kick off walking down Carrow Road with his little match day bag. I read above Neil says he watched the game so maybe he came back, but he didnt look happy at all when we saw him.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

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