For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Next up is Norwich City stopper Archie Mair.
The goalkeeper moved to Carrow Road from Aberdeen during the summer. With a pretty busy goalkeeper department at the Dons, a chance to go to the Premier League is something Mair has jumped at.
He’s already been involved with the senior side in spells as a big 2020 beckons.
Norwich may get him out on loan
Heading to the Canaries with no first-team apperances, the plan was never for Mair to be fighting it out for the number one spot at Carrow Road this term. His aim will be to develop over the next couple of years, but chances have come to him early on.
An injury crisis in the goalkeeper department saw Mair named on the bench for the match against Aston Villa. Through that crisis, he was involved in first-team training for a spell.
It’ll be good experience for him and at 18-years-old that’s invaluable for the towering stopper. He has all the traits to become a good goalkeeper at a high level.
Great handling, excellent reflexes and a maturity to command his box effectively are all key strengths of his. Aberdeen will no doubt be gutted to lose him, as he could have been the successor to Joe Lewis’ throne in a few years.
Mair will instead forge a career in England for now. Speaking to NTOF back in October, Mair said that whilst he’s happy at Carrow Road, a spell away could beckon for him soon.
“I was involved on the bench against Aston Villa just there and I’ve been training with the first-team quite a lot,” he said. “They’ve got a programme for me, but whether that means going out on loan or not, I’m just concentrating on playing Under 23s games and keeping my standards high.”
2020 could allow for senior experience
A loan move hasn’t been ruled out and that’s why 2020 could be a pivotal year for Mair. Experience at his age and in his position is vital and the Scotland youth international needs the minutes.
Development at U23 level is all well and good but finding your feet at senior level can really enhance the speed of that process. Matija Sarkic at Aston Villa is a good example.
He’s opted for a loan switch to Livingston this season and it’s worked wonders for him. It’s established his reputation as a senior keeper and earned him some praise too, as well as a senior call-up.
Sarkic is a few years older than Mair but it still demonstrates the benefits a loan can give a young player. Mair’s got plenty of potential, he just needs that chance to experience senior football.
Mai’s got a big future in the game and 2020 could be the biggest season of his career yet.