Jonathan Rowe made his Premier League debut for Norwich City at Crystal Palace
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Dean Smith tips Jonathan Rowe on becoming a future star for Norwich City – but owes him an apology.
The youthful attacker made his Premier League debut in a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace after making headlines in his first season at the U23 level.
Rowe is the newest contestant off the City Academy’s production line, but Smith admits the lingering effects of Covid and a list of chronic injuries drove him to it to integrate the youngster into his plans.
« He has a little something from him, » said the Norwich boss. “He did well at 23 level and he was in and around the first team group in late training and did really well too. We are satisfied with its development. But I’m not sure if he’s ready for a relegation battle in the Premier League at the moment.
“His debut was probably the most enjoyable part of the game and he got a few minutes. Would I have wanted to use him for his Premier League debut when he was 3-0 down at Crystal Palace? No, is the answer. But I think this boy will have a really good future at this football club.
“It wasn’t right to use him in this situation and now he is of course one of the 13 fit players for advice from the Premier League when it comes to playing games during that time. ”
The Premier League approved the city’s request to postpone Saturday’s trip to Leicester after Covid again in their fifth straight defeat at Selhurst Park – and there were injury problems. Norwich’s losing run coincided with the loss of a seasoned core.
« I’m going back to the first half of my first game against Southampton and I’m making no mistake about being beaten in the first 45 minutes, but because we are older players and older Having people at that level kept us in the game, « said Smith. “By staying in the game, we were able to take the win in the second half.
“ We have some great players for this football club who are missing. We have our captain Grant Hanley, Teemu Pukki outside, Mathias Normann and Max Aarons who has played pretty much every single game before Palace It’s a really long list of injuries.
“At the moment we probably don’t have that experience in the ranks. Jonny Rowe makes his debut in the first team from the bench and replaces another youngster in Christos Tzolis. I think they both have a bright future, but they are still learning the game at this tough level in the Premier League. «
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