Angus Gunn says ‘no contact’ – but that won’t stop City fans hoping his loan is just the start
PUBLISHED: 12:32 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 20 December 2017
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Speculative discussions between Norwich City fans over what happens come his summer return to Manchester City have already begun – but Angus Gunn is steering well clear.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper is spending the season on loan from the Premier League dominators, back at the Norfolk club he grew up supporting and academy he played for until 2011, and the family’s switch to the north east.
While the Canaries endure their Championship struggles, Gunn’s parent club continues to light up English football – dropping just two points so far this term and enjoying an 11-point lead at the top flight’s summit.
Their £35m summer signing Ederson appears to have single-handedly solved Pep Guardiola’s first-team keeper issues, while Claudio Bravo’s penalty shoot-out heroics earned Man City a spot in the League Cup semi-finals over Leicester on Tuesday night.
Bravo’s current deal runs until 2020, while England’s Joe Hart also remains on the Etihad books as he spends the season on loan at West Ham – although he may well be sold come the summer as he enters the final year of his deal.
All of which leaves Gunn: an English goalkeeper highly-rated by the Premier League leaders, England Under-21’s number one called up to the national senior squad last month – and someone surely aiming to continue with his run of regular first-team football following his first proper taste of it this season with Norwich.
How that manifests will have to be seen but for Gunn, nothing so far this season has altered what happens next for him – other than hoping one City can take a bit from the other’s success.
“I hope we can take something from their game!” smiled Gunn. “They’re just letting me get on with my work here at Norwich at the moment.
“We’ll look at all that at the end of the season but I’ve not had any contact. They’re probably looking out for our results and I’m looking out for theirs, but I’m just focusing on Norwich City for the rest of this season.”
Former Portsmouth keeper Paul Jones is out of contract at Carrow Road come the summer and with just one senior appearance – in the League Cup early last season – to his name, his departure seems inevitable.
Northern Ireland’s World Cup hopes for Russia 2018 are officially over, most likely diminishing Michael McGovern’s need for game-time for the rest of the season. The 33-year-old is contracted to City until the end of 2019.
Meanwhile academy product Remi Matthews is set to spend the rest of the current campaign on loan at League One Plymouth Argyle – and that may well prove an audition for regular action at Norwich next season, for a 23-year-old goalkeeper well thought of at Colney.
That will rely on Matthews performing well – and Gunn’s spell back at the Canaries remaining, as seems highly likely, a one-off.
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