Norwich City Under-21s forward Isak Thorvaldsson says that getting stadium exposure in front of City supporters is an invaluable experience for the academy side.
“I like playing in front of the fans, it gives me more motivation to play harder,” he said.
Speaking after he played his part in his side’s 2-1 Leasing.com Trophy win away to Crawley Town on Tuesday evening, Isak gave his assessment of the match.
“We played well and got the win while playing our style, so of course I’m happy,” he said. “We’ve been developing our style, so hopefully we can keep getting the wins by playing our game. If we keep improving, we’ll get where we want to go.
“It’s been a tough few weeks. We’ve had a lot of games but it’s part of football and you’ve got to get used to it. I’ve had cup games and international duty so it’s about getting used to recovering well after games.
“Playing Manchester United was a big game in a big stadium against a big team and a big club, but it was still more like youth football, so not as physical. It was tough to come to Crawley and get the contact and to play against older men, so it was a good opportunity for us.”
Asked about his own strengths as an attacking player, Isak insists he doesn’t look up to anyone in particular but does have a soft spot for a certain fellow Scandinavian.
“I’m a big, strong player, so I’m not afraid of contact. I’m able to play off others and hopefully the moment will come when I’m playing grown men football! I don’t really look up to anyone. I take a few bits from everyone and try to improve it and use it in my game.
“Teemu Pukki is doing really well at the moment. He came from a smaller team to a big club and has done well. It’s tough to come from a smaller club into a Championship team and help them get up to the Premier League but he’s done that. People in Iceland really like him because he scores goals!
“I want to get the opportunity to train with the first team and hopefully get on the bench or play, but right now I’m just focusing on Under-23s games, getting more wins, and helping them.