Tough love and modesty the key ingredients to success for Martin
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 January 2020
Josh Martin has found himself bouncing through the various levels of Norwich City’s academy, including being exposed to the rigours of Daniel Farke’s first team training sessions.
Martin's stunning winning goal in the third round of the FA Youth Cup against Newcastle United prompted City's boss to give the 18-year-old a chance to impress in first team training.
The ex-Arsenal youth prospect has bounced between the levels this season, and is set to be included in the City Under-18 side to face Manchester United in the next round of the competition at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.
As well as featuring for Steve Weaver's Under-18 side, Martin was a regular in the Canaries stint in the EFL Trophy, where they failed to get themselves out of the group stages.
Despite yoyoing between the levels, Martin is keen to ensure he rises to the challenges set for him by City's coaching staff.
"It's a completely different experience, but you have to go into it and be humble and work your hardest," he said.
"The coaches look for a good attitude in players, so that's what I'm going in to do. You want to get to a position where, when you are in the first team, you can express yourself too. It's difficult because there are some big names in that group and they have a lot of character themselves, so it is hard to do that," Martin explained.
"I've heard in the past that going between the levels can be difficult for some players, when I've gone from the Under-23s to the first team and then back down, I've heard stories before that they look at your attitude to see how you react to it.
"I knew I needed to come down and not act like I was better. You have to work your hardest. For me, I didn't find that too difficult because I've always been that way."
City currently have four academy graduates in their starting XI consistently, with Adam Idah on the fringes.
Martin has taken advice from those who have progressed higher in the football food chain.
"They've told me to always clean up after training, always shake the boss' hand and to keep working hard.
"Some of them open up to you and they welcome you, but others are a bit hard on you, but that's to be expected."