Five months ago the right-back was at King’s Lynn. Now a Carabao Cup test against the Premier League champions awaits
Of all the ways to react to “a massive blow”, Cameron Norman chose the best. That is why he can expect to play for Oxford United against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, a reality that makes for a pleasing alternative to where he was only a few months ago, serving as right-back for King’s Lynn Town in the Evo-Stik League South, the seventh tier of English football.
Norman found himself at that level after being released last year by Norwich City, which had been his football home since the age of eight. He had shown great promise – playing a big role in Norwich’s victory in the 2013 FA Youth Cup final over a Chelsea team featuring Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen – but he was discarded having reached 21 without making a senior appearance.