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Ebou Adams can shine at Norwich City

06:15 25 February 2016

Norwich City youngster Ebou Adams in recent development action against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Picture: Jasonpix

Norwich City youngster Ebou Adams in recent development action against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Picture: Jasonpix

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Norwich City out-flanked their rivals to recruit Dartford’s highly-rated prospect Ebou Adams.

Adams signed an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day as part of the Canaries’ drive to attract fresh young talent to Carrow Road, with Coventry City prodigy James Maddison joining on the same night.

The 20-year-old midfielder was tracked by Gillingham and a number of other clubs, but City’s no-nonsense approach helped tip the balance.

Norwich have agreed to play a scheduled pre-season fixture against the National League (Conference) South club as part of the deal and Darts’ co-chairman Steve Irving admitted it was a pleasure doing business with City.

“It was out of the blue,” he said. “Nobody else had come in for him. We thought possibly there would be one or two others so we were a bit surprised that no-one else did. I know Gillingham were watching him and wanted him to go on trial but they (Norwich) made the offer.

“Norwich came along to our game against Wealdstone and apparently that was the third time they’d been. The next day, they phoned Tony Burman (manager) and said ‘we’d like to make an offer’ so they did and we negotiated with them.

“We considered (Gillingham’s proposal) and rejected it. They wanted to take him on trial so we said ‘the best thing for you is to come and watch him play in some hardcore games in the National League’ and they weren’t interested.”

Burman is in no doubt Adams can force his way into Alex Neil’s first-team set-up.

“Ebou’s got a real good chance and I’m sure he’s going to grab it with both hands,” he told Kent Online, “I’d love to have him in my team, playing for the club but you have to realise that, unfortunately, at this moment in time, we are a part-time club and I don’t want to stop people having opportunities like this.

“Ebou’s joining a good Premier League club. We’ve dealt with Norwich before and they’ve handled everything superbly. What they’re saying they want for him, it moves him another step forward. I spoke about him to quite a few people. It wasn’t just Gillingham. There were other clubs who wanted him in for a week.”

23 comments

  • What is OTBC on. Poor old Custard , I had hoped he was over the pms but it now seems he gone crackers {Smiths of course}

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • d to the i to the n to the g to the o, I'd love to drop more hints, but, y'know, secret squirrel and all that . . . . . but HQ hasn't given me the green light. You think you've put the clues together? Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies . . . . . or sommink like that. Stones lighter! Patois!

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • That explains a lot Wivenhoe. Is it a good business strategy, buying players to loan them out? For blue sky thinking, totally out of the box, let's turn that strategy on its head and borrow players then sell them. Now that would be good for profit and cash flow but possibly a short lived strategy only.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Good stuff, Wiv.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • having given Adams N a job we have to buy lots of promising youngsters for him to loan out. After all he's already lent out all the ones we started with.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Custard's really going for it today. He's only got 12 games left to show he's right and most other folks are wrong. He keeps giving a lot of clues away as to his day job, I've noticed recently:-) Anyway, let's hope for a miracle - chopping Alex Neil WILL NOT do us any good so let's hope for the best but we must pick up points quickly. Starting Saturday. I know, but we have to start somewhere.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • @el dingo; in truth I only think I'm lovely after quite a few pints. Love goggles. @Wac; you've cut me to the slow. :-( Not sure I've ever listened to Radio 4. Must try it - make a change from the Asian Channel, 'Sounds of the Sixties' and Partridge. Good that I'm drawing a bit of fire from poor Custard. Make it safer for his many admirers. (Of which I'm but one).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I've met Brewer too - lovely is a word that comes to mind, but only after quite a few others.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I've never really had problems getting through - until today. Maybe when you think Tommy's fixed something, the bloodhounds are getting a little too close and he's actually blocked it. Well, that's my twisted imagination for you - how could Tommy possibly influence Archant's site? I'm going to take the dog for a walk. Or even better, let him take me. There will be an awful lot of Tommy from now to the end of the season, so all you realists (sorry, defeatists) out there, be prepared! He hasn't time to morph, so Tommy it will be. Should be good fun, anyway. And Tommy doesn't really mind if we're relegated. Didn't know that's what a fan's supposed to think.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I do enjoy your posts though. In fact I enjoy reading all the posts on here or hear or even hare or hair. It is the variety of views and the enormous array of reasons for posting which I find amusing. From the "I know what I's talking about but you're just peasants" from Baggy, the "I am amazing with my computer knowledge and variety of ways to wind you all up" from Tommy, the "Radio 4 at it's most pretentious" from Bru, the "I hate Hooper" from Jammy, the "Chevron chevron buy a Citroen" from Par Snips, the "I love Neil Adams" from Stew, and the "Sack the board" from City man. It's all good fun really isn't it. Where's Ryan Bennett?

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Where was I , never knew we bought another player ? Another bench warmer ?,surely it's time to let some of these wonder players get a game ,we have so many promising players why the hell don't we play them. Or are we hording players for whatever reason ??. Very puzzling stratergy.

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    iMac

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I've met you Bru and I don't think you're lovely. Just saying.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • @goldie; it's not just you. I'm fortunate - was able to call on Tommy to fix it for me. You really misjudge me. Those who have actually met me think I'm lovely, as do I. Tommy is still a bit shy and prefers to voyeur away on the periphery, but he'll get over it. I'll always be his mate.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • MB. I replied to you but it was thrown out and I can't be bothered to type it again. Sorry.

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Hi, goldie. You know me well. Not. @el dingo is a good ol' boi and I agree with him on most things, but I couldn't allow a buddy to continue with that error. A fuller explanation of Hear! Hear! was given by Barking Wise on another thread. Effectively, "here here" is a h0mophone, so not life threatening in the spoken form. Eye'd gambol goldy new that.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Dingo, I am with you on that. I too have been unsure about what our actual strategy is for developing and recruiting promising youngsters and actually getting them into the first team. Maddison looks like he could be a good one though, possibly the closest thing we have to Wes and maybe an eventual replacement. I love Wes but he isn't going to go on forever and I would also like to see him working with players like Maddison and the Murphy twins to develop their game.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • EL DINGO. MB is so up his own A**e that he just scans other contributors to this site for spelling and grammar mistakes to boost his own ego. He probably hasn't seen City for years at any expense to himself, just uses fans for his own entertainment.

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • That's not the first time I've been corrected by Brewer and I'm sure it won't be the last. We all have that privilege, of course:-) Actually "here here" often means "me, too" ie "I'm sitting on the benches in this place and I agree" so it is kind of relevant. But in the main you were right and I was wrong - fair do's. I just hope Ebou Adams and the others get a fair suck of the sauce bottle - I'm not too sure about our track record with coaching youngsters, whether they come through the Academy or are imported. I would suggest and hope Maddison is the one to watch.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • in about 5 years time after a series of loans, perhaps.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Was 'Hear Hear' really out of context tho'? Don't get all angsty. It's not your fault Bru had to correct you? Stock at an all time low? Nah, just the pound getting a thumping. Nothing gets ole Tommy down. Oh 'the future'. I SO Ged it !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Morning Tommy. This isn't the free ticketline, it's the Ebou Adams thread! Admitting to getting free travel and corporate tickets is a worse blow to the jolly old credibility than taking here here out of context I fear. And having the nerve to ask Mr McNally for more? Coupled with your little legal advice-raison d'etre speech to a poster who clearly did not want your help last week I guess your stock is at an all-time low. Anyway of course Adams, Goodfrey and Maddison are for the future and an excellent strategy it is. However, the purchase of Ivo Pinto fits the "why buy a player and not play him?" bill perfectly.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • This (Adams, Godfrey, Maddison) is an excellent strategy. I do wonder at the lack of opportunity for our youngsters in general though. If the worst happens maybe there'll be a clear-out and one or two will get their chance in the Championship. If we stay up I hope there's a clear-out too, with a BOGOF on our more established defenders if that's what it takes to get rid of them!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • SO why hasn't he been given a start in the first XI yet . . . . jeez, why buy a player and not play him!

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

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