Josh Murphy confident he is in safe hands at Norwich City with Chris Hughton
11:44 08 January 2014
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Josh Murphy is confident he is in safe hands, as he develops into what he hopes will be a regular performer for Norwich City’s first team.
Having already racked up promising substitute appearances and a debut goal, the 18-year-old winger added an impressive first start and assist at Carrow Road in their FA Cup tie with Fulham on Saturday – all in Murphy’s first full season as a professional.
Chris Hughton is keen to keep the progress of Josh and his twin Jacob on a steady path. It’s a philosophy the City boss utilised to great effect while at Birmingham with their own teenage sensation Nathan Redmond, who joined his former manager at Norwich in the summer.
“The gaffer is just going to manage me like he’s managed me throughout the whole season,” said Josh. “I wouldn’t have imagined playing in the first team now, so he knows what he’s doing.
“He’s brought Nathan Redmond through and he’s now made more than 100 senior appearances, he’s knocking on the door of the senior England team. So if the gaffer can look after me the way he looked after Nathan, then I’m sure I won’t go far wrong.”
What isn’t lost on Josh is his current status among his peers – some getting their own first taste of senior action on the bench against Fulham.
“We’ve got a good set-up here at Norwich so I think it’s not long before others break through,” added Murphy. “We had Reece (Hall-Johnson) and Adel (Gafaiti) on the bench, so if they keep working hard then I don’t see why they shouldn’t be in the team.
“I’m sure it’s a bit surreal for the other boys. They’ve grown up playing alongside me and it was only a month ago when I was playing in the same team as them. But I think it gives them the chance to say if he can do it, I can do it. That’s the way I see it.
“And even though I’ve only got a little bit of experience, I’ll pass it down to the younger lads. So I’m there to help them, where Nathan and Elliott Bennett, they’re there to help me. It’s just a knock-on effect.”