Farke’s faith in youth will pay off insists his star pupil

James Maddison is a big fan of Norwich City's younger players 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

James Maddison is a big fan of Norwich City's younger players Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Trust Daniel Farke to get the best out of Norwich City’s youngsters, is the message from his star pupil James Maddison.

Farke's faith in the Leicester City man was handsomely rewarded when the duo worked together at Carrow Road, with a club record sale sealing a breakthrough campaign in 2017/18.

Maddison, who faced his old club in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw, can now see history repeating itself in the manner Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, Todd Cantwell and co are making their mark.

"If I was giving any message to a Norwich fan, I'd say trust Daniel Farke. He got you promoted with Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis as your mainstays in the back four. He knows what he's doing," he said.

"If Daniel didn't think they were ready he wouldn't play them. They are in the side because he trusts them and he knows what he sees in training every day.

"A team like Norwich does not have the financial power to compete with other teams in the Premier League, so you have to trust young players and they have to play. They have quality.

"I have watched them all. Ben, Toddie, Jamal, Max, even Emi Buendia is still very young.

"I know much has been made about them making naive mistakes. Football fans can often have a short memory and it is doom and gloom after a few bad results but last season they won the Championship, not just promotion.

"The Premier League is 38 games - you have to remember that. Get behind those young players and see where you are at the end of the season."

Maddison's former team mates are striving to make the same leap from the Football League.

"The quality is the main thing. The Championship is maybe tougher than the Premier League in some aspects, if you consider the relentless amount of games Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday," he said. "The physicality of the Championship is very high but when you step up to the Premier League I think the physicality is maintained, but the quality is a different level.

"You have to be physically robust against these players - some of the best in the world. Every week you come up against a top side. If you look at the number of wins you can see Norwich have suffered a bit.

"That's why they are down there but there is no doubt for me Norwich have quality as a team."

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