Following on the heels of Todd Cantwell, Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis and Max Aaron, I was delighted to see Irish lad Adam Idah move up to the first-team squad. The Norwich City scouts have been busy this summer securing the next batch of youngsters who hope to have an impact on the future history of Norwich and beyond.
Belgian U21 international Rocky Bushiri has joined on a four-year contract. Defender, Bushiri, 19, joined from Belgium First Division A side KV Oostende having made eight appearances. He spent last season on loan with K.A.S Eupen making 33 appearances. He also possesses five U21 games for Belgium. In August, City sent Bushiri on loan to League One side Blackpool where he made his first full appearance at the weekend in a 2-1 win over Oxford. He joins Norwich’s James Husband at the Seasiders and has so far made three appearances for them.
Scottish youth international Aidan Fitzpatrick, 18, has joined up with the U23s. The winger made 30 appearances for Patrick in the Scottish Championship last season, scoring four goals and assisting seven in a breakthrough year. He has represented Scotland at U17 and U18 levels.
Former Arsenal youngster Charlie Gilmour, 20, has signed on a two-year contract with a year option. The defensive midfielder left Arsenal in June after 13 years with the club and is a Scotland youth international. He made his first-team debut for the Gunners in November last year, playing the last 14 minutes of a 3-0 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League. City have sent him on loan to Dutch second-tier side SC Telstar for the season, and he made his debut on Monday in a draw 0-0 draw at AZ II and in his second game secured a 1-0 win against SC Telstar in the Eerste Divisie.
Highly rated Rochdale midfielder Daniel Adshead, 17, joined on a long-term contract. An England youth international, Adshead made 16 appearances for Rochdale in League One last season. He was at Dale from the age of eight and made his first-team debut aged just 16 and 17 days in September 2017, when he produced an assist in a 4-0 win. He was capped by England U18s last year and scored on his international debut against the Netherlands in a 2-2 draw, now possessing three caps. He was named League One’s LFE appearance of the Year last season.
Robert Nizet, born in the Gambia, the Belgian youth international, has also joined on a three-year contract. The left-back or centre-back, 17, joins from Anderlecht. He recently played every minute of the Uefa European U17 Championship in June, where Belgium finished in 5th place after defeat in the quarter-finals.
Norwich also completed the signing if Scotland U19 ‘keeper from Archie Mair from Aberdeen on a long-term contract whilst Aston Oxborough has been loaned to Wealdstone in the Nation League South. 18-year-old Archie made 18 appearances for the Dons’ reserves last season and has also represented Scotland at every age level from U16s.
The fledgeling Canaries next home games are Middlesbrough on the 30th August and Brighton on the 31st August and the Lotus Training Centre, Conley for the Under 23s and 18s respectively.