Norwich City’s Neil Adams will be ready for any Premier League loan pickings

Norwich City chief Neil Adams knows the Premier League loan route could be a productive outlet. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City chief Neil Adams knows the Premier League loan route could be a productive outlet. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, July 31, 2014
7:30 AM

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.

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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.”

30 comments

  • Archie, the system gone crook again. Frustration leads to multi Submits and the site is looking laughable!

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    cutty

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • OK, I should have seen that one coming!

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • OK, I should have seen that one coming!

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • So whom are we going to loan out,? and \neil has found a non wilting variety of lettuce, can he find a little gem in the loan market ???

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • So whom are we going to loan out,? and \neil has found a non wilting variety of lettuce, can he find a little gem in the loan market

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • So whom are we going to loan out,? and \neil has found a non wilting variety of lettuce, can he find a little gem in the loan market

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Mr. Brewer - please lettuce leave the salad jokes at that!

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • How about a Trevor Hockey (not too sure about the spelling) master of the sliding tackle and a beard to match Laff and Grab. A ferocious mid fielder, the opposition kept well clear. A player like him would be ideal for a short loan just to frighten any fancy promotion rivals.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Btw, on the lettuce issue, Igno, cos it is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Agreeing with DJ_F ist verboten.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • goldie, there have been some very good ones on the other hand. Without Crouch & Hucks (+Harper), we wouldn't have gained promotion that season. Bertrand, Naughton did well. Best are the season ,long loads where the player knows he's there for the whole year. Panic loans in Jan are often the worst with Gutierrez last year a horrible example. Has to be the right player though.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • How many times over the years have City brought loan players in and they have been a waste of space and money?

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    goldie

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Well there you go Mattias, point proven with young Ravel Morrison for making the headlines today ......... I sense NA will be a very shrewd mover selecting one of the loanee young guns ........ coming from the youth set up may actually play into our hands to sign a little gem of a player .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • I guess time will tell once the Premier teams submit their squads for the season .......... can even see us starting the Championship without a loanee and having to bide our time until deadline day .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Worries me that Redmond could leave. He'd be a massive loss at this level. A special player who can change games. Would be very difficult to sign a winger anywhere near as good to replace him. The price tag worries me too. He must be worth at least £8m given his potential and he must have at least 2 years left on his contract. We shouldn't take anything less than £8m.

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    Colin

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • MB, as much as Bentley may have been big boots, I thought he was one of our key players that season. If my memory serves me well, he got injured FACup R3 away at WHam and that cost us dearly. I see Bertrand on loan at Soton this season. He's one that may have been better outside the big4.Not sure what position loanee would help us. Still need most pressing for another centre-half.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • David Bentley isnt even in the game anymore. What a total waste of talent. If you manage to annoy old nicey nicey worthy you must be a real bad boy. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • I thought it was generally agreed yesterday that it is in fact a lettuce!

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Off topic; Neil seems very attached to his little green comfort blanket...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Anyone else worried that we're being geared up for some average loan players to replace a number of our key players who go over the next month? Unless it's left late or we sell cheap, I don't see the reasoning. If we can't buy replacements with the money, don't sell.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • .. but I do agree, Mattias, that Bentley was a "billy big-boots". ;-) The other (non-Hugh Trollderwood) ones all did well for us.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • ... Ryan Bertrand!?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Yes Matt\cutty, David Bentley was useful, as were Lansbury, Fraser Forster, Pacheco and Kyle Naughton + that Chelsea left back whose name I`ve temporarily (I hope) forgotten. Further back in history we had `the likes of` Hucks & Crouch. In recent times, Hughton enriched us with Gutierrez, Elmander and Yobo...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • The type of loan that would work for us would be by only loaning one or two players maximum, they need to be classy for the Championship, and need to have the right character and attitude. Also, the parent club needs to be committed to the loan, and not likely to recall the player or sell the player in January. I presume Adams is specifically thinking of centre-halves, given we are light there.

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    Colin

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Agreed gents. However, if the Board are unwilling to allow NA to spend big, then an astute loan signing may be his only option.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • I agree with you guys, we do not need to see over the hill loan players such as we had last season, who simply seem to come here to collect a last pay day. However if NA is still determined not to play Bassong, we need to ship him out and find a decent replacement as that area looks to be our weak spot right now. Meanwhile, I am happy to see some of the youngsters given their chance to shine as they are up there amongst the best right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • I've no problem with a loan player under right circumstances. If you go down the route of getting an exceptional young talent whose keen to impress then brilliant! If you go down the route Glenn roeder did where basically the whole squad is made up of injury prone, average loans you will end up deep in the brown stuff. Likewise though, if you go for a young talent with a billy big boots attitude (Raval Morrison in recent times or our own example with David Bentley in the past) you will be asking for trouble. We have to get very lucky or get it 110% spot on, if we are to get promotion at first attempt in this vital season following relegation.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Phew, normal service has been resumed lads. I was beginning to get withdrawal symptoms. Tend to agree with nmtd and Cap Canary but there have been one or two outstanding loan players so we shouldn't write that idea off.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Please no more loan players! Give youth a chance.

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    Cap Canary

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Will we actually need loan players if CM, KMcF and RH J are included in our squad? What with the Murphy's, Loza plus Declan we have an abundance of young talant .......... my guess is we'll the one's sending players out on loan .......... but what a prospect for the future, OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

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