Date: 5th July 2017 at 3:03pm
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Harrison Reed has joined Norwich City on a season long loan from Southampton, the club have just announced

The 22 year old midfield enforcer is another product of the famed Southampton academy and looks to be a great bit of business as Howson and Dorrans walk through the exit door.

Reed told Norwich City TV: ‘Speaking to the manager, it really encouraged me to join.

‘From the outside, it`s a massive club pushing to get back to the Premier League. The philosophy here suits me down to the ground so I`m really excited and very happy it`s done.’

Head Coach Daniel Farke said: ‘Harrison is a young and talented player with lots of potential.

‘He is technically very good with the ball and fits my idea of football. We will look to develop and improve him, so I’m looking forward to us working together.’

City Sporting Director Stuart Webber added: ‘We are very grateful to Southampton for their assistance in ensuring the deal to bring Harrison to Carrow Road was completed swiftly.

‘We are especially grateful to their Director of Football Operations, Ross Wilson, for his role in helping to make this happen. Harrison will now link up with the rest of the senior squad for the remainder of their training camp in Ireland.’

I’m really pleased about this signing and hopefully it’ll dampen down the doomsayers a bit.

For an idea of what this lad is all about, have a little read of this coaching report on him from

If you haven’t got time, here’s a quick assessment of what we’re getting from that report.

‘There are two comparisons that adequately surmise everything you need to know about Harry Reed, if you`ve only time for an artificial overview. The first, is the “pitbull” tag that so many commentators and spectators pin to his blazer whenever they first watch him play. As a 5ft 6in defensive midfielder, the boot fits more comfortably than Cinderella`s glass slipper. Reed is animalistic in midfielder – nibbling and biting, buzzing and stinging at the heels of every player that dare enter his sphere of influence. Harrison Reed IS a pitbull, as anyone foolish enough to test him on the football field will be able to testify.

The second is a bit more grand, and takes a little more discussion. With English football currently spinning its wheels in the muddy swamps of mediocrity, every young English footballer comes with a comparison. With Luke Shaw, it was Ashley Cole. With Ross Barkley, it was Paul Gascoigne. With Harrison Reed, it`s Paul Scholes. Now, while part of that is undoubtedly a sub-par “they`re both ginger” joke, there`s certainly a discussion to be had. But, have we labelled him too quickly? Are we saddling another English talent with more expectation than he can handle?’

That’s a decent write up eh?

Obviously we’ll judge him when we see him play but it seems promising.

Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke don’t let the grass grow under their feet, do they?!


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