Why Norwich City have struck gold with a new deal for Akin Famewo
According to the Norwich City’s official website (h/t Eastern Daily Press), young starlet Akin Famewo has pledged his long-term future to the Canaries, with the highly-rated centre-back putting pen to paper on fresh terms at Carrow Road until 2023.
The 20-year-old defender, who joined from Luton Town back in January 2019, already had a contract at Carrow Road until 2021 but the Canaries have moved quickly in order to tie him down to fresh terms.
Born in Lewisham, Famewo rose through the youth ranks of Luton Town before making his senior professional debut for his boyhood club in League Two during the 2016-17 campaign.
However, he struggled to establish himself following the Hatters’ promotion to the third-tier and spent time on loan at Grimsby Town in League Two before completing a move to Norwich City, thus following in the footsteps of teammates Jamaal Lewis and Max Aarons.
As a matter of fact, Aaron, Famewo and Lewis played in the same Hatters youth set up as James Justin, who was one of the club’s promotion heroes when they played in the League One and secured a big-money move to Leicester City this summer.
The 20-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Norwich City but he is held in high regard by the youth coaches at Carrow Road, and the new deal certainly comes as a vote of confidence in the player’s abilities.
Famewo has trained with the senior team this season due to injuries to Grant Hanley, Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann, earning rave reviews from manager Daniel Farke (h/t Eastern Daily Press).
To put things into perspective, Norwich City are currently struggling to make their presence felt in the Premier League but a new deal for Akin Famewo is certainly a wise move.
Emerging prospects like Rocky Bushiri, Rob Nizet and Daniel Adshead all came through the door at Carrow Road this summer and most of them have shown signs of acclimatising to their new surroundings, with Bushiri currently out on loan at Blackpool.
To that end, a new deal for Akin Famewo certainly underpins Norwich’s long-term ambitions.
The 20-year-old is not a finished article and he still needs to go through a few stages in his development curve before he becomes capable of staking a claim for a role in the senior ranks.
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All in all, it is easy to see why Norwich City have, indeed, struck gold with a new deal for Akin Famewo.