Trading places. Manchester City to Norwich City suits Angus Gunn
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Norwich City chief Daniel Farke admits borrowing Angus Gunn from Manchester City is proving a real coup.
Gunn has been a key figure in the Canaries’ Championship upturn in a backline which recently set a new club record five consecutive league clean sheets.
Farke insists it is far too soon to think about extending the England Under-21 international’s Carrow Road stay beyond the current season, but believes the canny loan move has already paid off.
“I really have to say I am very content with him. To play so consistently at this level, for a young keeper, it is not normal,” he said. “It is much too early to speak about his future and what we can do. It is not only up to us to make a decision. When a club like Manchester City has a contract you cannot force the club.
“Not only is he is a good keeper but a brilliant character. I knew about his potential so I am not surprised. You always hope it works perfectly but realistically you know it is a young guy and there will be some mistakes and setbacks. You have to work on it and give him some trust and to be fair there hasn’t been many reasons to speak to him about these things. He is in a really good shape. It could be there will be mistakes in the future and we have to live with it and then we don’t put too much pressure on him.
“I could see in Germany, Manuel Neuer, our biggest talent, at the same age was full of potential and a big talent but he had some mistakes and that is quite normal. That is how you learn. Angus has been so impressive because he was not in this situation before playing three games a week.”
Gunn is finding the transition from Pep Guardiola’s set-up easy to handle, with the 21-year-old a composed figure in possession as City look to build from the back.
“It’s not too much different to what I am used to,” he said, speaking earlier this season.
“Keepers need to be good with their feet now. It is something that is coming more into the English game with the foreign influence, maybe not so much in the Championship. I am pretty comfortable with it personally. You have to stay calm under pressure but if teams are really going to come for us and press high the manager does not want us to just stick to that plan. You need other ways of playing. We have strikers who can hold up the ball.”