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‘I’m quite disappointed in that’ – but City star still hopes to achieve his pre-season aim

Josh Murphy has his sights set on James Maddison, but not at the expense of Norwich City's team success. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Josh Murphy has his sights set on James Maddison, but not at the expense of Norwich City's team success. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Josh Murphy’s pre-season target is still in his sights – but he’s going to have to chase down one of his Norwich City team-mates to make it happen: James Maddison.

The 23-year-old forward has five league goals to his name this season, with his four in the Carabao Cup ensuring Murphy is currently the man chasing City’s top scorer in all competitions this season – 14-goal James Maddison.

Nelson Oliveira is the only other player close to competing, with eight goals in the Championship this campaign.

However with four of Maddison’s last five coming from the penalty spot, Murphy knows he has a fair bit of work to do.

“I’d like to take the penalties off him because I think he’s got four in the last couple of weeks, so that would be nice,” smiled Murphy. “But he’s the taker at the moment, so as long as he’s putting them away then I can’t complain.

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“My aim at the start of this season was to finish top goalscorer and I think I’m five away. There are eight games left so as long as I’m playing well, getting my shots off, then I’ll try to chase James down.

“But I think he’s on a bit of a hot streak at the moment, so it will be difficult. And the most important thing is to be winning games. If me and Madders don’t score for the rest of the season but we pick up six wins, I don’t think anyone is going to be complaining.

“Personally you’d like to get the goals, but at the end of the days it’s all about the team.”

James Maddison and Josh Murphy are perfectly in sync, as the pair celebrate what proved to be Norwich City's winning goal in their home Carrow Road victory over Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesJames Maddison and Josh Murphy are perfectly in sync, as the pair celebrate what proved to be Norwich City's winning goal in their home Carrow Road victory over Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Murphy is well aware his twin brother Jacob notched nine Championship goals and 10 in all competitions – alongside six league assists – in his breakthrough season last term, that all led to his £10m summer move to Premier League new boys Newcastle United.

It puts Josh’s goal return this season in a decent light, given the Canaries have had far deeper scoring issues compared to last term.

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But Murphy admits his goal return – along with a solitary league assist this campaign – has been a topic of conversation with City head coach Daniel Farke.

Murphy added: “Me and the boss talk about it. I’m on nine goals this season and I’m quite disappointed in that, because I think I should be on more.

“But I’m the one that has the ball at my feet, so it’s down to me whether I pass it or whether I shoot.

“The greedier I get the more goals I’ll get, but I’m just out there to try to help the team do the best we can.

“As long as the ball goes in the back of the net, it doesn’t matter who scores – on Saturday it was Grant Hanley who scored and everyone was buzzing for him.”

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