Norwich City v QPR preview: James Maddison is up for a scrap
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James Maddison is the man in possession at Norwich City - and the midfield starlet aims to keep it that way.
Maddison has started all three competitive games under new head coach Daniel Farke but with Steven Naismith back from suspension and Wes Hoolahan on the comeback trail, the 20-year-old knows the battle is hotting up to direct operations in the Canaries’ midfield.
“I played a few games towards the end after coming back from being on loan, had a good pre-season in my opinion, and then when you have a new manager come in really it is a clean slate,” he said, speaking ahead of QPR’s Championship visit on Wednesday. “Now I have the jersey hopefully I can keep that and continue to play as many games as possible. The Championship is a long, hard season and this is my first experience of it on a personal level. It is different. I am 20 and learning the game myself. You learn every day from the older players.
“We have a great captain in Russell Martin, who keeps everyone’s feet on the ground or picking up if you are not doing well. Steven Naismith is another good professional to learn off. There will be positives and negatives but if we buy into what the boss wants this will be a successful season. I don’t buy into what people say about me too much.
“It is always nice to hear good comments but I am a quite confident lad myself and I believe in myself to keep working hard and keep my place in the side. I speak to the manager on a daily basis about what I need to do and how I have to improve. There are things to work on. I am not the finished article by a long stretch. We have such good players in the same area of the pitch, with Pritch (Alex Pritchard), Naisy, Mario Vrancic, Wes. That competition is good. It is healthy.”