Akin Famewo says each member of the Norwich City Under-23s squad is aware of the path to the first-team and he’s keen to be the next off the production line.
The former Luton Town centre-back joined the Canaries in January but missed most of the second half of the 2018-19 campaign through injury, eventually returning for the U23s’ final two games of the season.
Famewo has been handed the captaincy for the upcoming Premier League 2 season and he’s keen to impress with their season beginning on Friday against Swansea City.
“I really enjoy the responsibility [of being captain]. I’ve been told in that past that I am a leader and I like to have that quality,” said Famewo.
“It’s been a good experience and I’ve learned a lot [during pre-season]. I know I still have a lot to learn but I’m looking forward to leading the team.
“Knowing the pathway to the first-team is there is massive for everyone. The fact we know what the steps are to get there, we know what we are working towards.
“We are now playing for points and pressure goes up a bit so you begin to see which players can handle it.”
“My aim this year is to get involved in the first-team. There is no other aim. I want to make the steps that Jamal [Lewis] and Max [Aarons] did.”
Prior to joining City, Famewo enjoyed a stint playing in the EFL with Grimsby Town, on loan from the Hatters.
Being involved in Premier League 2 this season is only going to benefit Famewo, according to the man himself.
“It’s good to have a different sort of test this year,” he added. “Obviously, Under-23s football is a lot more technical than League Two.
“The style of play is a lot different so it’s a massive learning curve for me. The type of forwards I will go up against is different.”
David Wright’s team have been preparing for the upcoming season over the past six weeks. They enjoyed a week-long tour of Germany and spent last weekend in Holland against FC Dordrecht.
There has been no shortage of new faces in the squad and Famewo believes the team has gelled well over the past few weeks.
“We’ve spent the summer learning how Norwich City wants to play and now it’s even more important because there are points up for grabs in every game.
“Pre-season was good. We have a lot of new faces in the team but it’s been really good fun getting used to playing together.”
City’s Development Squad get their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign underway at 12pm on Friday against Swansea City at the Lotus Training Centre. Admission is FREE but please be aware that parking is currently limited. If you cannot make the fixture, we’ll have updates at the dedicated Academy Twitter account: @NorwichCityAcad.