Naughton living the dream at City
Kyle Naughton admits he is living the dream by playing regular first team football in the Premier League with Norwich City.
More than two years after joining Tottenham Hotspur in a joint �9m deal with Sheffield United team-mate Kyle Walker, the 22-year-old full-back is finally getting the chance to prove himself in the top flight.
In two seasons, Naughton made just one Premier League appearance for Spurs – as an injury-time substitute at West Ham – and had only four senior outings in all, instead spending time on loan at Middlesbrough and Leicester City. But he has played in all but one of City’s 10 league fixtures since arriving on a season-long loan from White Hart Lane and is loving every minute of it.
As Paul Lambert’s Canaries prepared for today’s game at Aston Villa (3pm), Naughton said: “It’s been a good move for me. To finally get a chance to play in the Premier League is a dream. Norwich is a massive club with the supporters but the manager’s quality for me as well.
“I’m nearly 23. It’s not young any more in football when everyone’s starting to play at 18, 19, so I definitely just want to be playing at a club and settled – that’s the main thing.”
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City’s bright start, in eighth place ahead of the trip to Villa Park, has made it a happy introduction for Naughton, but he believes he and the team as a whole have achieved nothing yet.
“There are a lot of questions asked about any of the teams that come up from the Championship. Can they handle it? It’s nice to know we’ve come up and we’re fighting with everyone,” he said.
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“But it’s early to get carried away. It’s 10 games gone so it’s a long way to go. It’s the same for me as it is for the team. I need to show it’s not just in the first 10 games I can do it, but through the whole season as well.”