Norwich City youngsters will get their chance, says Russell Martin
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Norwich City's brave new world will allow the club's youngsters to make their mark next season, according to Russell Martin.
Change is in the air at Carrow Road this summer, which started when sporting director Stuart Webber told seven senior players they weren’t part of the club’s future. With doubts surrounding the futures of Jonny Howson, Graham Dorrans and Cameron Jerome, City could be relying on a younger spine next season.
The Murphys have already made the breakthrough whilst Louis Thompson and Ben Godfrey were also on the fringes of the first team last season. And Martin hopes there will be even more opportunities for the club’s youngsters to come through under new head coach Daniel Farke.
“Having a smaller squad helps you to bring the younger players through, which should be the aim at this football club,” said the City skipper. “That is what fans want to see. There should be changes but from what we have been told as players about the new identity and the way they want to play it is exciting.
“The lads here want to be a part of that. People have gone, more people will go and there might not be as many coming in but the ones who do will be hungry. That is the road they want to go down; probably similar to the recruitment under Paul Lambert the year before we got to the Premier League. We have a good core of players. If the new lads can come in and help that we’ll be fine.”
Martin wants to draw a line under the 2016/17 campaign when as one of the promotion favourites, the Canaries flattered to deceive.
The club has taken steps in a bid to ensure that doesn’t happen again and Martin hopes the fun factor can return for supporters.
“Next season for me, it is a clean slate. I feel like we have wasted a season,” he said. “The club has changed structure and that needs to filter down. We still have a core here of really good footballers. Maybe it needed a season like this to reassess and see where it needs to go and what it stands for, what it is about. You can’t have infinite success or bounce up and down.
“This season has bought the club some time and if we can get to the Premier League we can stay there. It is a wake-up call. It is not nice or enjoyable but we need to go back to having fun and create a Norwich team the fans want to see.”