Loan experience is a learning curve for Adam Phillips at Cambridge United

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 March 2018

Adam Phillips is on loan to Cambridge United from Norwich City.

Adam Phillips is on loan to Cambridge United from Norwich City.

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And Emmanuel Osadebe has returned to the Abbey Stadium

Adam Phillips will be able to learn plenty from his loan experience at Cambridge United, according to interim head coach Joe Dunne.

The 20-year-old midfielder is with the U’s from Norwich City until the end of the season, but it has not gone quite as he would have hoped.

Phillips has made four appearances for the U’s since joining in January, the last one being in the 0-0 draw with Lincoln City at the beginning of February.

“The situation at the moment is with the form some players have been in, it’s been hard for him to get into the squad,” said Dunne.

“No doubt he has got good talent. No doubt he can play, where I feel he is a creator of things.

“But I’ve got other players who I think are playing well at the moment and are ahead of him, and that’s just a footballing decision that I’ve had to make.

“He’s been good and comes in and trains when he’s with us; and when he’s not he goes to Norwich and I think we’ve got a good relationship with Norwich at the moment.”

Phillips’ loan has come at a time when United have an almost fully-fit squad from which to choose, a scenario that has not happened on too many occasions in recent years.

“We’re trying to make sure his development is right. It’s tough for him,” said Dunne. “We’re getting more senior players back fit so it’s hard, as it would be for anybody coming in at his age to a club.

“It’s his first loan and for some players, you need to find your first loan, use it as an experience and then if he finds himself in another situation with a second loan or third loan then he is in a stronger position.

“He has to gain as many experiences as he can while he is here and he has done that. We have good communications with Norwich and it’s important that he keeps learning.”

Another player that will have to bide his time is Emmanuel Osadebe.

His loan spell at Newport County has been cut short; he made three appearances.

“He is back with us and training with us,” said Dunne. “He’s been there, done what he’s had to do and is now back with us for whatever reason and we welcome him back.

“He’s part of the squad, he’s one of us and when you’re one of us and you wear the badge, you are part of the family.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think he can play any games and can’t be used based on the rules so he will be given the responsibility to help the team and help the players.

“He gets on well with a lot of the players here and it’s important that camaraderie continues.”

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