‘I think they will take it in their stride’ - Culverhouse on City’s young full-backs
PUBLISHED: 16:23 04 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:23 04 July 2019
Ian Culverhouse believes Norwich City’s exciting young full-backs will flourish in the top flight.
Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis were near-constants in City's Championship title triumph, which led, inevitability, to interest from elsewhere.
Aarons in particular has been the subject of much speculation over the summer, with Manchester United, Spurs and, most recently, Crystal Palace, linked with the 19-year-old.
But Culverhouse - who knows all about the pressure of playing full-back in the top flight for the Canaries - says Carrow Road is the best place for their development.
"At least another year with City won't do them any harm whatsoever because they will get used to the level," said Culverhouse, pictured, who made more than 350 appearances for City from 1985 to 1994.
"Looking at them they are both level-headed players and I think they take everything in their stride.
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"They have come through a really, really good academy where they have been brought up the right way and taught the right way and I just think they will get better and better and having a year with Norwich getting used to the pace of the Premier League and the style of it - I think they will take it in their stride, I really do."
Lewis, 21, has had a season and a half in Daniel Farke's first team while Aarons' City career is just 41 games old, having made his league debut at Ipswich in September - and never looking back.
While the top flight will be a big hurdle for City, Culverhouse is confident the two youngsters will continue to thrive.
"I think they will relish it," said the 54-year-old, now manager of King's Lynn Town.
"The way Norwich play, getting their full-backs out, it is the modern day wingers. The way they get forward and join in the attacks, everything goes through the full-backs now and what I have seen of those two in the past season, they take everything in their stride.
"They have got really, really good pedigrees and I can see them doing really well this year.
"I played with a good one on the other side in Mark Bowen, who was a superb attacking full-back, and I see these kids doing ever so well and I wish them all the best - I just think you will see them getting better and better."