City boss explains his Adam Idah approach
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Daniel Farke is wary of heaping too much pressure on Norwich City’s young hotshot Adam Idah.
The 19-year-old Irishman is a popular choice among many Canaries’ fans to earn a leading role over the club’s relegation run-in, after a series of eye-catching cameos since the restart.
Idah came close to salvaging a point at Watford on Tuesday with a close-range effort, following on from his stoppage-time header against a post in the Brighton defeat.
Farke has largely kept him under wraps since his headline-grabbing FA Cup hat-trick in January, and is not tempted to thrust him back into the spotlight in the remaining four league games.
“Adam is a great guy,” he said. “At this age he is already there in the matchday squad and getting minutes. I don’t see any other club where he would have got this at the Premier League level.
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“He is still a work in progress and he has to improve in many parts of the game, in his endurance and his ability to link the play. But he improves day by day and I am never scared to play young players.
“I can still remember after Adam scored at Preston I was hearing he will help us stay in this league.
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“Then he starts at Manchester United in the next game and we lose 4-0 and he was seen as too lightweight and maybe in a few years he will be ready. I won’t go over the moon or be too critical.
“Let’s take some responsibility off the young lads if we can.
“They have to carry us with their performances but they should not be responsible for carrying the spirit of the team as well, not in the greatest league in the world.”
Danny Welbeck’s acrobatic overhead kick sealed City’s fate at Vicarage Road, but Farke is convinced Idah has the potential to reach the same level.
“He will have a bright future if he keeps working hard but you can’t expect the same right now as an experienced international like Welbeck,” he said. “This is the difference in terms of experience and quality.
“These experiences will be important for Adam in his career to play at the top level and one day we hope he can score a bicycle kick like that.
“When I compare Welbeck’s goal, a bicycle kick that goes in the top corner from 12 yards, with the chance for Adam, a 19 year old in his first appearances, and he must score from two yards out.
“But you can’t accuse this lad. We cannot put too much weight on the shoulders of a teenager.”