Daniel Farke is set to call Archie Mair up to his senior fold for Norwich City’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, according to The Pink Un.
The Canaries host last season’s Championship play-off winners without regular number one Tim Krul or on-loan FC Schalke 04 shot-stopper Ralf Fahrmann through injuries, with 35-year-old Michael McGovern expected to start in net.
Mair moved to Carrow Road from Aberdeen in the summer, and established himself as the Canaries’ first-choice goalkeeper in the Under-23s immediately with three successive outings against Swansea City, Sunderland and Villa’s best prospects (TransferMarkt).
The Scotland youth international, who has earned three caps for their U17s and U19s, is now training with the Norwich first team under Farke ahead of the Villans’ trip to Norfolk at the weekend, as the Canaries boss is putting measures in place with Fahrmann’s groin injury expected to rule the German out.
McGovern would be in line to start against the Birmingham-based outfit after featuring at Crystal Palace last time out, when the Eagles ran out 2-0 victors in South London to leave the Canaries 17th in the Premier League standings.
Should Fahrmann not recover in time, 18-year-old prospect Mair would be named on the substitutes’ bench, having been left out of the Norwich U23s squad that faced Crawley Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
Mair has never played a game in senior football, with his only appearances for Aberdeen coming as part of their U20s and reserve unit.
Mair’s potential inclusion in the matchday squad to face Aston Villa on Saturday will likely prove to be a mute subject on proceedings, unless McGovern joins Fahrmann and Krul on the sidelines at any stage.
If that were to happen, it would very much be a baptism of fire for the Aberdeen product, as Norwich and Villa are both in need of wins having so far struggled for consistency and sit at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
Data collected by TransferMarkt may concern Canaries supporters of their chances, though, as they note Mair conceding four to Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s U23s and three away to Raith Rovers in the only fixtures they have data on.
Farke has clearly been impressed by what Mair has displayed since his arrival at Carrow Road in the summer, however, and will have hands-on experience with the youngster from training this week.
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