Norwich City ace James Maddison makes plea to Daniel Farke
PUBLISHED: 17:05 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 07 December 2017
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Norwich City starlet James Maddison will plead with Daniel Farke not to give him a break.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been a stand out performer in a struggling season for the Canaries, but his head coach admitted recently he would like to rest the over-worked England Under-21 international.
Maddison has already clocked up 17 starts this season - more than the rest of his young career in total - but Alex Pritchard’s return from injury could now allow him a breather.
“I don’t feel tired and fatigued. I feel strong in my legs.
“Playing a lot of minutes can be tough but on another level it also builds your fitness up,” said the Coventry-bred midfielder. “I have never really had this workload to be honest.
“I didn’t get an international break either. It does takes its toll on your body and you feel the effects of Saturday, Tuesday and it is hard to play so many minutes in the Championship at my age.
“The pace is frightening, when it’s a quick game. You can play all the games you want in pre-season but it won’t be the same.
“That is the main thing I have learned, but once you have got your eye at this level in you just concentrate on performing.
“I have been an important part of the team this year but we have the sport science guys to help us recover. I feel okay.
“The time away with England was one game and I played 10 minutes. Training was short and sharp.
“I feel like I recovered from that.”
Maddison is even hungrier to impress after his Three Lions’ call up and adamant a tight-knit City squad will haul themselves out of a league slump.
“Others might come back from playing for their country with a big time attitude but that is not me,” he said. “I will never forget how that felt. Just training, with the step up in quality, is only going to benefit me.
“I came back even hungrier.
“I want to prove to the Norwich fans that we have a team who can create something special.
“We have a really good togetherness with this group. It is something I have never felt before in any other dressing room. Even though results haven’t been great, among the staff and the boys there is a good feel about this group.
“I have been in good changing rooms before but everyone in this group really gets on.
“We have the talent and the players to create special moments, but it is about doing it.”
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