The time is right for Angus Gunn to show what he's got as he prepares for romantic return to Norwich City, once his loan from Premier League Manchester City is completed
PUBLISHED: 12:37 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 07 June 2017
With Angus on the brink of returning to his boyhood club, MICHAEL BAILEY believes the time is right for the Norwich-born keeper to show what he's got
Angus Gunn coming home – putting aside the football decision, it’s a great story.
Now 21, Gunn is of course the son of a true Norwich City legend. In fact it was Bryan’s fate as manager that ultimately helped take the Canaries academy product out of Norfolk and over to Manchester City come 2011.
Otherwise the Norwich-born keeper would have been alongside Josh and Jacob Murphy, Carlton Morris and Harry Toffolo in lifting the 2013 FA Youth Cup for his hometown club.
Instead, Gunn has been developing an excellent reputation at arguably English football’s richest club – where similarly proposed loan moves 12 months ago were vetoed by Pep Guardiola.
“We actually had a few Championship clubs looking to possibly loan Angus out for this season, but there was a call from the club saying Pep was coming in and he wanted to see Angus in his pre-season plans,” said Bryan last summer. It’s entirely possible one of those clubs was Huddersfield Town, given Stuart Webber’s place in all this.
Young Gunn duly impressed during those friendlies; Norwich head coach Daniel Farke may even be aware of his trio of penalty shoot-out saves to help defeat a certain Borussia Dortmund.
It’s understandable to question the strength of Gunn’s reputation, but this month’s football schedule should also catch the eye – Gunn is one of three keepers heading to Poland with England for June’s European Under-21 Championships. That’s no mean feat, given he is still to make a senior appearance. Anywhere.
“I think he made a big impression on Pep over pre-season and that’s obviously helped him cement a place in the squad of goalkeepers who will be working for a first-team spot,” added Bryan, in his chat to Talksport.
Both City clubs have curious goalkeeper situations but in £35m Benifca stopper Ederson, Guardiola will have his first choice – and whatever he thinks of Gunn, it’s time for him to get games and back his reputation.
Only then will we find out how good the boyhood Norwich City fan really is between the sticks. That roll of the dice is the reality of investing in youth.
But what we do know is Angus would start off on the best possible footing as he strides out at Carrow Road, where his dad is still revered as a hero. He’ll just have to decide whether to headbutt the crossbar or not.