Why Martin and Idah add up for City
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Adam Idah and Josh Martin are carrying the baton for Norwich City’s new wave, and Daniel Farke is willing to unleash the duo over the club’s league and cup run-in.
Idah burst onto the scene with a hat-trick in the FA Cup third round at Preston, and made his Premier League debut against Saturday’s quarter-final opponents Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Attacking wide player Martin made his first top-flight appearance in the recent Southampton defeat - and in Farke they have a mentor ready to trust in youth.
The likes of Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell all blossomed with early first team exposure under this head coach at Carrow Road.
“They are not just options. I think they have done fantastically well in the recent weeks,” said Farke. “If I feel they can make an impact they will get a chance.
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“Of course they won’t be involved each and every minute, or even in the matchday squads every week, but I trust then and I am not scared to play them because they are young.
“If they are the best option, they will play.
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“Adam was pretty impressive during this period and Josh got his chance, although it wasn’t the best game for his debut (against Southampton). Sadly his first few weeks during lockdown he had a small muscle injury and he was behind the other players. Probably from training a little too much individually.
“But he is growing from day to day in his performances.
“I like this positive naivety and this bravery of the youth. We need it to win points. We probably have the most inexperienced squad at this level. That is challenging and demanding.”
Idah is now a much-improved asset, insists Farke, from his FA Cup third round hat-trick heroics.
“He has made a big step from the beginning of the season,” he said. “He had to adapt to the speed of the game. He has this natural goalscoring instinct. He will always score goals, he is blessed with that, but had to work a bit on his play with his back to goal and the technical aspects.
“It is no coincidence that in recent games for such a young lad he got some game time.
“It is important to use this naivety. He just goes out trying to create something, and with his physicality it is not easy for centre backs.”