When James Husband burst onto the scene with boyhood club Doncaster Rovers in 2011, the Leeds-born full back appeared to be one of the brightest young prospects in the Football League.
Husband’s form for Rovers earned him a switch to Middlesbrough in 2014, but the 23-year-old’s career never took off at the Riverside Stadium, and a series of quiet loan spells followed just three first team appearances on Teesside.
Husband’s career undeniably hit a blip in the north east, but Norwich boss Daniel Farke has identified the potential of the player, and Husband earned himself what some may call a fortunate move to Carrow Road this summer to take part in the Canaries push for promotion.
Fortunately for Husband he still has age on his side, and will use his forgettable experience with Middlesbrough to his advantage, and will not make the same mistakes he made again.
The player will realise the fantastic opportunity he has been afforded by Farke, as after making only three appearances during a three year spell with Boro, many would have touted the player for a move to a ‘smaller’ Championship side.
Norwich will be promotion candidates this season with Farke at the helm, and a fresh opportunity will breath new life into the former young prodigy.
Farke has taken something of a gamble on Husband, but could be rewarded highly for placing his faith in the former Fulham loanee.
If Husband fails then he will be moved on without too much criticism for the German boss, but if he succeeds, Farke will be hailed a genius, and could be well rewarded for his low risk punt.