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‘Works very hard’ – Norwich City boss hails player despite Middlesbrough loss

Norwich City boss David Wagner has said he is ‘very happy’ for Finley Welch after handing him his debut last night.

Norwich City were beaten 3-1 away at Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the Championship.

Welch, 19, came off the bench in the second-half for the Canaries. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring for the visitors, only for Borja Sainz to get sent off shortly after.

Boro then turned the game around after goals by Marcus Forss, Emmanuel Latte Lath and Lukas Engel. Nevertheless, Wagner hailed his debutant and said, as per the official club website: “Finley played his first game for us, I’m very happy for him.

He deserved this first appearance, he’s always fully on it in training. He works very hard, and this is why we have decided to give him his debut today.”

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Welch is a name to keep an eye out for in the future at Norwich and the fact they played him in a crucial game yesterday shows the faith they have in him.

He has risen up through the academy ranks at Carrow Road and has represented the East Anglian outfit at various youth levels over the years.

The midfielder penned his first professional contract in December 2022 and has since been a regular for the club’s Under-21’s side under the guidance of Alan Neilson.

Welch was handed a new three-year deal last October, with the Canaries holding an option to extend that by a further 12 months on top of that.

The prospect will now be eyeing more game time between now and the end of the campaign as Wagner’s men look to break into the play-offs.

They are sat in 7th place and missed the opportunity to leapfrog Hull City into 6th after their loss at Boro.

However, Norwich have an ideal opportunity to bounce back with a win this weekend as they take on bottom of the table Rotherham United at home.

They then have tricky fixtures against teams that have something to play for such as Stoke City, Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.

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