Idah and Drmic. This could be your time at City
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Adam Idah and Josip Drmic are firmly in the mix for Daniel Farke as he strives to pep up his shot-shy Norwich City.
The Irish teenager has come back into the first team picture recently after an FA Cup hat-trick at Preston earlier this year - including a nerveless penalty in the fifth round triumph at Spurs.
While Drmic was on the mark again in London, following his match-winner in the previous round at Burnley.
City have fired blanks in their last three Premier League away games, but Farke insists both Idah and fit-again Drmic can ease the burden on Teemu Pukki. 'I don't see them as competitors in that sense. I judge my strikers as a team in their own right,' said Farke. 'It is not important who scores for me but that we score enough goals collectively. Teemu has many goals for us.
'I have to mention Adam Idah, because he had a decent impact at Spurs with his movement and pace and created space for his team mates when he came on.
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'I wouldn't say he opened my eyes. I trusted him to do that (wide) role and he used his chance. He is a natural striker but because of his pace he can shine on the wings.
'We have a situation where when Onel (Hernandez) is injured we have wingers who like to come inside and play in the pockets like a 10. To have Adam gives us a different option, making movements in behind with his pace.
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'He delivered what I was hoping for. His defensive work was also good.'
Drmic has been on the mark in City's FA Cup run and looks to have put the fitness issues that blighted the early part of his Norwich career behind him.
'Josip was injured for a long time so the most important thing is to stay fit,' said Farke. 'He always has this appearance on the pitch that he could score and this natural predatory instinct.
'I tell you what, you can talk about bicycle kicks or Jamal (Lewis') goal being nominated for a prize but I would always nominate his goal at Tottenham.
'As a striker you make that run 30 times and the keeper saves it or pushes it out to the side.
'But the one time you make that move and anticipate it you will score, rather than being lazy and expecting the keeper to save it. It is a case of being patient and realising it might not work 29 times. That is a top class striker.
'Josip is blessed with this natural born goalscoring instinct. You can't teach this.
'He is different to Teemu in his strengths but they can work quite well together.'