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Alex Neil believes this is the breakthrough year for the Murphy brothers

Norwich City's Josh Murphy in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Jack Hunt

The Norwich City boss says Josh and Jacob Murphy have huge potential.

Norwich City's Josh Murphy in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Jack HuntNorwich City's Josh Murphy in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Jack Hunt

Alex Neil has backed brothers Jacob and Josh Murphy to finally establish themselves in the Norwich first team this season, telling Norwich Evening News that the duo have 'huge potential'.

Jacob and Josh Murphy are two well known figures at Norwich City, having both played a part in the Canaries FA Youth cup success back in 2013, before going on to make first team debuts at the age of 19, in the same year as their youth cup triumph.

Since then, they have both featured intermittently, often showing promise but never featuring for extensive periods of team in Norwich's first team lineup, with Josh Murphy having now made 22 league appearances for the club in three years, whilst twin brother Josh made his league debut on Saturday, scoring a thunderous strike in their 4-1 win over Blackburn.

Jacob Murphy of Norwich City celebrates scoring his teams first goalJacob Murphy of Norwich City celebrates scoring for the Canaries

But, after years of promise, Alex Neil believes this year could be the year that the Murphys can truly make their mark on the Canaries first team.

"Josh got his chance and then Sergi [Canos] came on and they are not always going to play well, they are young boys and we have to understand that, but we have got to persevere with them,” said Neil.

“Him and his brother have got huge potential. They have been floating on the periphery for quite a while at Norwich and this is hopefully going to be their breakthrough season.

"I know they are supporters of Norwich so if they want to play for their local club then performances have to be of a standard to get them into the team."

England's Josh Murphy and Canada's Luca GasparottoJosh Murphy in action for England Under 20s

Both Josh and Jacob, now 21, have both played for England at Under-20 level.

The duo have both been carted off on loan in previous seasons, with the Jacob Murphy spending time at six different clubs in the past two years, before tying down firmer roots at Coventry City, where he made 40 appearances, scoring 9 goals.

Josh meanwhile has spent less time elsewhere, with two loans coming at Wigan and Milton Keynes, the latter of which saw him awarded Player's Player of the Season.

Norwich manager Alex NeilNorwich manager Alex Neil believes now is the time for the brothers to breakthrough into the first team


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