‘He’s built like a tank’ - St Mirren boss keen to help Canaries youngster develop
PUBLISHED: 16:33 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:34 31 July 2020
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Norwich City may be six weeks away from starting the 2020-21 season but one of the Canaries’ young players could be in competitive action tomorrow.
Icelandic midfielder Isak Thorvaldsson recently joined Scottish Premiership side St Mirren on loan for the season, who begin their campaign with a behind-closed-doors home game against Livingston on Saturday afternoon.
The Buddies had City defender Akin Famewo on loan during the second half of last season and the centre-back featured regularly under manager Jim Goodwin, who led his team to ninth place and survival.
“He’s been brought in as an attacking midfielder,” Goodwin explained. “Throughout the age groups with Iceland he’s been played in a number of different positions, he’s played centre-half in a few games for them, but he has been brought to the club as back-up in that midfield while we wait on the likes of Kyle Magennis and Ryan Flynn making a full recovery (from injury).
“Isak’s only 19 years old but if you saw him in the flesh, he’s got the physique of a 25-year-old, he’s built like a tank!
“Norwich think very highly of him, he was on loan at Fleetwood during the second half of last season and I know a number of the lads down at Fleetwood and got great references from them also.”
The Iceland Under-19 international was only given two appearances as a substitute as Fleetwood chased a League One play-off spot.
“We can see just in the week that we’ve had him here the qualities that he’s going to bring to the squad,” former Scunthorpe midfielder Goodwin continued, speaking to fans via a video conference held by the St Mirren Independent Supporters Association earlier this week.
“So he’s another good addition, another option in that attacking midfield area, along with Cammy McPherson, Jamie McGrath and Sam Foley. He’s not quite up to speed yet because he missed a little bit of pre-season but he’s slowly but surely getting there.”
Livingston are managed by former Norwich midfielder Gary Holt and finished fifth last season.