What next for City starlet after Premier League taster?
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Norwich City’s teenage starlet Archie Mair insists his shock Premier League call up will not go to his head.
The 18-year-old was catapulted into Daniel Farke's squad for the 5-1 defeat to Aston Villa prior to the international break following injuries to Tim Krul and Ralf Fahrmann.
Mair was included on the bench as Michael McGovern made his full top flight debut, but with Krul back in training the Scot is set to miss out for this weekend's trip to Bournemouth.
The highly-rated stopper moved south last summer from Aberdeen and knows there is a long path in front of him to the Carrow Road first team.
"I won't be in the first team this season or next season, I know that, so I need to keep my head down," he said. "I've still got a long way to go in my development. They've got a programme for me, but whether that means going out on loan or not, I'm just concentrating on playing Under 23s games and keeping my standards high. I think it's the speed and the technicality of the players, boys don't make mistakes.
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"It's the Premier League, it's the best league in the world. Every single player is talented so there's no weak links. You've got to rise to that and keep your standards."
Mair kept a clean sheet for Scotland's Under-19s in a 1-0 win over their German counterparts on international duty to cap a whirlwind few weeks.
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"It's always good to meet with the Scotland boys in general," he said, speaking to the Not The Old Firm football site. "I've really enjoyed it. I've been challenged more and I've been involved with the first-team over the past couple of weeks.
"There's a lot of change for me, obviously with moving away down there, but I think I'm adapting well and I've settled in."
Farke was impressed with Mair's maturity after drafting him into his first team set up.
"A good guy, confident and that's quite important as a goalkeeper," he said, prior to Mair's Aston Villa promotion. "It's not like when the pressure is on you crack under this pressure. It is not so easy for a young lad the first time you are in a first team environment with all the other lads.
"Also in the shooting drills everything is a bit quicker and you need to adapt. All I can say is he's pretty well rounded. He's good with his feet, good at shot stopping. We feel safe with him."