Young Norwich City striker Jamar Loza earns shock Jamaica call-up

Jamar Loza in action against Arsenal on the last day of the Premier League season, a 2-0 defeat for the Canaries at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Jamar Loza in action against Arsenal on the last day of the Premier League season, a 2-0 defeat for the Canaries at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, June 2, 2014
9:19 AM

Jamar Loza – one of the batch of rising stars emerging from Norwich City’s Academy set-up – has earned himself a call-up to Jamaica’s national squad.

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Loza has played just 32 minutes of Premier League football for the Canaries, having come on as a second-half substitute in the final game of the season, against Arsenal at Carrow Road.

But the 20-year-old is highly-rated – last season he had loans spells at Coventry City, Leyton Orient and Southend United, whose hopes of extending his stay in April were turned down by the Canaries, who wanted him for first team duties. He joined the Reggae Boyz’ squad at the weekend ahead of the remaining two friendly internationals of a four-match tour.

Loza is from Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to England when he was six. He has been in the youth system since he was 15.

With his former Academy boss Neil Adams now in charge of the first team there is clearly an opportunity ahead – especially after he impressed against the Gunners.

“I thought Jamar did excellently on his debut,” said Adams at the time. “He is a player we have brought through the ranks and we sent him out on loan to get him some experience in men’s football.

“Jamar will certainly be one we are looking to get knocking on the door. Josh Murphy has played a part, his brother Jacob is out on loan and there are others coming through. It is vitally important for the club.”

Jamaica face Egypt at Leyton Orient on Wednesday and France in Paris on Sunday – would be a dream come true for City’s youngster.

15 comments

  • Agree Gibbo! I use to enjoy going to reserve games. I remember the likes of Danny Bloomfield, Adrian Coote, Drew Broughton, Jame Cureton all scoring for fun in a competitive league structure. Was extremely helpful to senior players out of favour or returning from injury to get regular game time ensuring they are ready for the first team if required suddenly. Youngsters got game time playing with senior players which only helped the youth players come through. Its a joke these days though. In the last year, how many full 90 minute games has the likes of Becchio, Garrido etc played? Cant be any good to the players themselves as should they be required they are going to be nowhere near full fitness and match sharpness.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I played a charity game at Carrow Road a few weeks ago and the pros there were more surprised that Jamar hadn't been introduced into the squad earlier last season.. so he must have been highly rated at the club for a fair while now.

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    jops

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Cor you bring back good memories Brew,when I was a nipper my Dad would only take me to reserve games as he considered the crowds at the first team games too big. It would be nice to see reserve games back again to give young players and recovering ones the chance to get match fit and gel with each other.

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    Gibbo

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Succinctly put, Matt. Simply said.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Agree Ghana. Correct I remember an article now about Loza a few seasons back. Well reminded and cleared up. MB im still convinced something wasnt quite right with Hughton and the signings of Hooper & RVW. My feelings on that horrific 'so called' manager have been made quite clear but I fail to believe he just figured signing two proven goal scorers would equal guarenteed goals. Hughton has a style, it isn't easy on the eye but it worked to a degree at Newcastle and to a lesser extent with Birmingham. At those clubs he had the tools for the job though. Did we fail to obtain the no1 target man on our shortlist and settle for Elmander on loan as it was all we could get at the time or did we just not do our home work. Either way quality fox in the box type poachers like Hooper and RVW have never fitted Hughtons style. Sadly thats meant they get called flops and a waste of money by more simple minded fans but they are clearly good players just been stuck in the wrong system. Lots of questions I doubt we will ever get the answers to but does make me wonder whether the club were behind the RVW signing rather than Hughton, or did Chester just advise Hughton incorrectly that RVW and Hooper would fit his system? Best get Mulder & Scully in to investigate.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Good info, GD. It`d be terrific if those two developed into the `real deal`. Yes, I suppose "development squad" footy doesn`t get seen enough. I wonder if anything will come of the FA`s\Prem`s `Reserve League` initiative? Or is that just for the Prem`s reserves? As a schoolboy, I went to Carra most Saturdays - alternate weeks was `just` the Reserves, but they still wore the colours, and there were 1st team squad players on view. May have been returning from injury or not quite `in favour`. I enjoyed those reserve games as much as the `real` ones! Lots of OTBC in them days, boi, but - !!!!! - not yet in fashion!!! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Of course, I may be totally wrong on the height issue! Matt - you are the specialist in that field of expertise. How tall are Winkel, Hooper, Rudd and Ruddy? I now believe that Hughton ranks as our worst manager ever, working by a bespoke version of the Duckworth-Lewis Method applied to rain-affected limited over cricket matches. Roeder, Gunn had little cash to splash. Both failed. Freddy Krughton splashed £40m. Failed large. Let`s have a "poll", Archie!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Guys, I believe Loza is older than Morris and has always been ahead of Morris. Morris played in the youth team while Loza was leading attack in the reserves. The reason why Morris was part of the youth cup winning team was cos Loza was too old and no longer eligible. Loza had played in the previous year's competition, with the likes of Murphy.

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    Ghana Dom

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Well, you never know, Mattias, we might have the makings of a perfect strike partnership of the future? I had hoped Holt\Jackson or Holt\Vaughan might have done that for a little while. I suppose the Holt\Jacko combo wasn`t bad in the Championship? I`m not quite sure what was in Hughton`s "mind" with that Winkel\Hooper combo. Neither is particularly pacy. Hooper is quite robust but not that tall. Winkel is not that tall and a tad feeble. I wonder who laces Hughton`s shoes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • From the games I saw with Adams in charge of the kids Morris was more the tip of the arrow formation with the Murphys providing the wide left & right attacking wingers\forwards. Strong lad for his age. Like I said i've seen Loza far less but he appears to rely on his pace though, rather than raw talent. More of a 'on the last defender' type striker waiting for a through ball to pounce on rather than lofted punts forward by centre backs.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I`ve no idea how Morris and Loza compare in their attributes and weaknesses, but Carlton seems to have faded from view, while Jamar has emerged. I just pray that Neil will not succumb to Hughton`s "Player-blindness disease", which causes useful squaddies to be ignored for prolonged periods. Though a whinge in the press, and a bit of `fan power` did get Becchio a few minutes, once. Just once. I doubt Assombalonga was ever on Hughton`s radar - Peterborough is a long old way for the likes of Ewan Chester-Drawers. I think it`s even further than Needham Market. Anyway, could Hoots pronounce it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Im sure there would be a lot of potential buyers of Assombalonga but hopefully are status as recently relegated Premier League side would put us in pole to land him should we want him. I torn on Loza. I've not seen him other than 1 Southend game on Sky. He only scored 1 goal from 7 League 2 appearances, so I doubt hes ready for week in week out football, but who knows. Im surprised Calrton Morris wasnt at least on the bench against AFC, especially as Loza was thrown in. A certain Mr Holt speaks very highly of Morris so thats positive news.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Yes, Matt. Strange time-lag there. Jamar seems to have moved ahead of Carlton Morris now? On another board, LincsCan was pondering on the Peterborough player, Assombalonga. I suppose any recruitment ambitions Norwich may have are paralysed - until the Universe has been explored in the quest for a Board of Football.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Good luck to the lad, he was impressive during his brief introduction to the Premiership and can hopefully play a bigger part for us next season. He appears to have the necessary body strength for the Championship as well as a very good shot so an international call up can only improve his value to the club.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • This story was broken about 2 days ago? Whats next from Archant? Chris Hughton sacked? AFC win the FA Cup? Ipswich fail to get in playoffs (again) ? Michael Jackson is dead?

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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