Impressing for Norwich City is key to Marley Watkins’ hopes of making the breakthrough with Wales

Marley Watkins is congratulated by Yanic Wildschut after equalising against Brighton at Carrow Road.

Marley Watkins is congratulated by Yanic Wildschut after equalising against Brighton at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Marley Watkins knows he must focus on impressing ‘perfectionist’ Norwich City boss Daniel Farke if he is to earn another international call-up with Wales.

The summer signing scored a superb goal in front of the Barclay Stand as City played their only Carrow Road friendly ahead of this weekend’s Championship opener, drawing 1-1 with Premier League new boys Brighton.

Watkins’ drilled effort from the edge of the box went in off the underside of the bar and the 26-year-old, who looks likely to start at Fulham on Saturday, is enjoying life under Farke since signing on a free transfer from Barnsley.

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“He’s been quality since he came in, the whole staff have to be honest,” the former Swansea City trainee said after the draw with the Seagulls.

“They’re good people and they’ve got new ideas that maybe some of us aren’t used to but we’ve all taken it on board and we’re really excited about it to be honest.


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“So I’m just looking forward to getting better and better with his plans and systems.

“He comes across as a perfectionist, real attention to detail, and he’s very on it. So I don’t think we can ease off, he puts his demands on us and that’s what we have to live with playing for this football club and that’s awesome.”

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Watkins received his first Wales call-up at the end of last season having scored 10 and set up seven goals in 42 Championship games for Barnsley.

The Canaries new boy was then an unused substitute for a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Serbia in June but knows he must impress with Norwich if he wants to continue to mix with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsay on the international scene.

“At the end of the day you just focus on what you’re doing at your club and then the international stuff takes care of itself,” Watkins continued. “So my mind is just on Norwich and doing well for Norwich, as well as I can, so that’s my philosophy on it.

“It’s always good playing with top players but we’ve got a few who have been and done it in the Premier League here at Norwich so it’s great learning off these guys as well. But obviously that would be an extra bonus if I can get called up to Wales and become a regular, that’s my aim.”

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