Young Canaries striker seals new loan move

PUBLISHED: 15:31 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:28 23 July 2019

Norwich City U23 striker Anthony Spyrou in trial action for Chesterfield Picture: Derbyshire Times

Norwich City U23 striker Anthony Spyrou in trial action for Chesterfield Picture: Derbyshire Times

Derbyshire Times

National League side Chesterfield have signed Norwich City striker Anthony Spyrou on loan ahead of the new season.

The 19-year-old had a brief taste of loan action at the top tier of non-league with Wrexham at the end of last season, although only made three appearances.

He heads back to that level with the Spireites on a season-long switch as he looks to prove himself in men's football, after two impressive seasons at academy level for Norwich.

Spyrou has been given the squad number nine and told Chesterfield's website: "I'm delighted and I can't wait to get started. I've heard a lot of good things about the club and I feel I can make a contribution."

The Essex-raised youngster scored 11 goals in 20 games for City's U18s during 2017-18, forming a prolific forward partnership with Adam Idah to help reach the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

His form continued with 10 goals in 21 matches for the U23s last season before his stint with Wrexham but he has not been involved with the development squad during pre-season, as the Canaries again look to use the loan route for plenty of their young prospects.

Spyrou becomes the 10th Norwich player currently out on loan, following the recent exits of midfielders Savvas Mourgos and Charlie Gilmour for the Dutch second tier, with Dordrecht and Telstar respectively.

The tall teen - who was converted from a winger by City's academy staff - scored in a 2-1 friendly win over lower-level side Matlock Town last Tuesday, heading in from a corner, as he played 72 minutes of the game.

He also featured in a game against Hallam FC but missed a friendly against League One side Rotherham United on Saturday due to a family issue.

"We'll assess it," Chesterfield boss John Sheridan told the Derbyshire Times. "He's looked bright in training. We'll see.

"I wouldn't judge him in the Matlock and Hallam game, I wanted to judge him with the quality of the opponents today to see how he'd go.

"Unfortunately he didn't play. "If we can get him back and, more than anything, everything is okay at home, we'll hopefully get him back on Tuesday."

Now the loan signing has been sealed, ahead of a friendly against Premier League new boys Sheffield United this evening at Chesterfield's 10,000 capacity Proact Stadium.

The Spireites spent three seasons in League One between 2015 and 2017 but after relegation also dropped straight through League Two and finished 15th in the National League last season.

Former MK Dons and Barnet boss Martin Allen was sacked in December with Chesterfield in the relegation zone but Sheridan returned to the club in January and engineered nine wins from the remaining 18 games to push into mid-table.

The former Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder had led the club into League One during his previous spell, between 2009 and 2012, and also enjoyed Wembley victory in the EFL Trophy.

- NCFC LOAN PLAYERS

League One: Sean Raggett (Portsmouth), Carlton Morris (Rotherham)

League Two: Mason Bloomfield (Crawley)

National League: Anthony Spyrou (Chesterfield)

National League South: Ciaren Jones (Eastbourne)

Scottish Premiership: Simon Power (Ross County)

Scottish Championship: Josh Coley (Dunfermline)

USA (second tier): Caleb Richards (Tamp Bay Rowdies)

Holland (second tier): Charlie Gilmour (Telstar), Savvas Mourgos (Dordrecht)

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