Norwich City’s youngsters have plenty of work ahead to convince Daniel Farke
Norwich City’s young loan exports have it all to do to get into Daniel Farke’s first team plans.
The Canaries’ boss is warning the likes of Ben Godfrey, Carlton Morris and Todd Cantwell they face a big pre-season when they return to Norfolk, despite impressive loan stints.
Godfrey and Morris are back on League One duty at Charlton on Tuesday looking to revive their hopes of automatic promotion, after both featuring in the recent Football League Trophy defeat to Lincoln City at Wembley.
Cantwell is another with plenty on the line in the final few weeks as Fortuna Sittard push for the Dutch Second Division title.
“The reason we sent them out on loan was because we had this feeling they could go and develop and then come back and be ready for us,” said Farke.
“It is also important to be realistic.
“It won’t work if you say five or six lads are coming back from loans at lower levels and they will all play each and every minute.
“It is the difference between the third and fourth tier and the Championship or the second tier in Holland and the Championship.
“We have to be sure expectations are not too high and we will help them. We’ll see in the summer and the weeks after how far they can get.”
Farke predicts City’s Shrewsbury duo and Cantwell will reap the benefits.
“They were great loans,” he said. “Ben and Carlton have played regularly, they get many, many minutes and pretty important games in front of many supporters. There is a lot of pressure when you play at Wembley for example.
“I watched the most part of that game.
“There is a bit of difference in the level and the quality, but it is good for their development and they are producing good performances.
“They have become crucial players. I am pretty pleased.
“For Todd it is the same process but also to be in a different country and experiencing that and being away from the club for the first time without his family and friends. That is good for his personality.
“He is there with goals and assists and getting a lot of compliments. He also had to deal with a situation where the club changed their coach and that can be difficult.
“He had a small injury and trained with us again here for 12 days.
“We were joking he was even more involved than before.”