Norwich City’s Neil Adams will be ready for any Premier League loan pickings
07:30 31 July 2014
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Neil Adams is prepared to tap into the loan market to source the best emerging Premier League talent to bolster Norwich City’s Championship promotion bid.
The Canaries have recruited Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty on permanent deals and are interested in concluding a deal with free agent Gary O’Neil, but Adams’ transfer strategy will also cover the short-term option. Top flight clubs have to declare their 25-man squad lists once the summer transfer window closes shortly after September 1 and Adams is ready to explore any opportunities.
“Obviously you sometimes identify positions you want to strengthen and the players who are available for sale could be pricey,” he said. “Every club I think in the Championship will be looking at Premier League teams and younger players who perhaps are not quite featuring. We are doing that and there will be some top players out there. It is up to the Premier League clubs if they want to release them but loan signings are certainly an option for us if we can’t get players in permanently that we want, but it is important that whoever you bring in and which ever route they are not just coming here to make up the numbers. They have to be better than what we have got or there is not much point bring them in.”
Adams underlined his point during Monday’s latest friendly win over OGC Nice by blooding a large contingent of his former FA Youth winners, alongside the likes of Jamar Loza, who made his senior debut on the final day of last season in the 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal.
Powerful striker Carlton Morris, defender Kyle McFadden and midfielder Reece Hall-Johnson were all introduced for their first team bows in the closing stages of an emphatic win over the French Ligue One side with Josh and Jacob Murphy also on duty in the second period at Carrow Road.
“It was great to have five of those lads on the pitch at the end against Nice. It is simple enough, if they are good enough then they are old enough,” said Adams. “I know that is a throwaway line, but I have told every single one of those younger lads if they are playing better than the senior players then I would be a fool not to pick them. I have to select the best XI who can do a job on any particular day. That means if it is an 18, 19 or a 20-year-old then it’s a no brainer. He will play.”