Norwich City manager Dean Smith believes a change in confidence has helped Josh Sargent on his path to being selected to represent the USMNT at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 22-year-old has been in form for the Championship side this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and providing two assists.
Sargent is one goal away from being the co-leading scorer in the championship, and speaking of his call-up to the USMNT team for the World Cup, Smith believes his place is well earned and he He added that his grades will only get better.career.
he said: He’s been working very hard to earn that slot this season and is becoming a better all-around player.
“For me, his quality and attitude were never in question, but he started making and scoring goals at this level. I believe he will continue to improve and get better.
“It’s all about confidence. It’s also a little bit lower in standards. But I have no doubt he’ll come back to the Premier League with goals in the Premier League as well.
“I think it’s obvious to everyone that he’s improved and I think he’s going to get better. We have to remember he’s still a young player, so if he gets a call-up to the USA national team and he’s going to the World Cup. What you can do is a great achievement.
“We’ll be watching him. I don’t know if we’ll be rooting for him against England or Wales (Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber is from Wales), but it will be interesting!”
Norwich are at home to Middlesbrough this Saturday before Sargent joins Greg Berhalter’s US squad.
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