Midfielder hoping to impress City coaches after captaining Iceland U19s

PUBLISHED: 15:32 29 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:11 29 October 2019

Isak Thorvaldsson has been a regular starter for Norwich City U23s this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Isak Thorvaldsson has been a regular starter for Norwich City U23s this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Academy ace Isak Thorvaldsson is hoping to catch the eye of coaches at Norwich City, after stepping up his development while on youth international duty for Iceland.

The 18-year-old midfielder captained his nation's under-19 side to a 1-0 friendly win in Finland during this month's international break and has been a regular for City's U23s so far this season.

"It's really great to represent my country - and an honour to be captain as well," Thorvaldsson explained. "If I get more experience playing against the best players in every country it helps a lot as a player, because I'm not just playing academy football."

The youngster scored seven goals in 26 games at U18 and U23 level last season for City.

"The international break was great," he continued. "I play more as a defensive midfielder when I play with the Icelandic team, so it is a lot different to come back here and play more aggressively as an attacking midfielder again.

"But it's a good thing, it's helped me develop a lot more in defensive areas, so it's been really good to play with the national side again."

Thorvaldsson was signed from Icelandic third tier side Afturelding in July 2017 at the same time as striker Adam Idah, who has since gone on to make his debut for City and is a regular for the Republic of Ireland U21s.

"The first year was difficult because coming from Iceland to a foreign country like England, there's different culture and a different lifestyle to adjust to," the teen said, speaking to City's matchday programme.

"I think I've developed really well and got used to the circumstances around here as best I can, so if I keep doing what I'm doing and get used to it more, I'll do well."

City's U23s slipped to a fifth consecutive defeat when they lost 4-1 to West Ham at Colney last Friday but have another home game this Friday, when Fulham travel to the Lotus Training Centre (7pm).

"I think it's great to see Daniel Farke is giving young players a lot of opportunities," added Thorvaldsson, who signed his first professional deal in February. "Everyone in the under-23s is really young, so I think we're all in the right place to get further in our careers in football.

"Hopefully I make it into the first team. I just need to keep working hard, doing what I do best as a player and show what I can do in games.

"So I'm really hoping that my potential is seen. I know it will be tough but I've got years left to improve more and more."

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