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Norwich City new boy Ebou Adams goes from TGI Fridays to Old Trafford

18:00 09 February 2016

Ebou Adams of Norwich City U21s, in action against Manchester United U21s at Old Trafford. Picture: Jason Dawson/Jasonpix

Ebou Adams of Norwich City U21s, in action against Manchester United U21s at Old Trafford. Picture: Jason Dawson/Jasonpix

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Losing 7-0 at Old Trafford may have been a painful experience but for Norwich City new boy Ebou Adams it was still an ‘amazing’ experience.

The 20-year-old joined City during the January transfer window for an undisclosed fee from National League South side Dartford.

Adams then made his first appearance in a Canaries shirt against an experienced Manchester United side in the Under-21 Premier League on Tuesday evening.

Established internationals including Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, England defender Phil Jones and Holland forward Memphis Depay all played against a young Norwich U21s team, which featured three 17-year-olds and 16-year-old winger Glenn Middleton.

“You want to test yourselves against world-class players with Champions League pedigree,” Adams said. “The likes of Adnan Januzaj, Memphis Depay and Phil Jones; that’s the level we aspire to. Even though the scoreline was one-sided, it gave us things we can take on board so it was a real learning curve.

“We have to view experiences like that as inspirational, because it’s where we want to be ultimately. We want to become better players, and opportunities like that are only going to help us.

“For myself, it’s an amazing change from where I was just a few weeks ago. I was on my way to work at TGI Friday’s after Dartford’s game against Bath in January when I first heard Norwich were looking at me. I wouldn’t have believed it if you’d told me I’d soon end up playing at Old Trafford. You can’t take away the experience you’ll gain from something like that.”

Will Keane scored five for the young Red Devils, in front of 1,758 spectators at the 76,000-seater stadium, giving Adams plenty to reflect on following his debut.

“I still have a lot to learn so I’m looking to work hard in training and get myself settled here,” Adams added, speaking to City’s website.

“This is something I’ve dreamed of, and it shows if you work hard you can get to anywhere you want to. I never thought I’d be sitting here, so I’m determined to enjoy it.

“It shows anything can happen with the right attitude so hopefully my story can inspire others. Now that I’m here I just want to play well and see where it takes me.”

City’s U21s are next scheduled to be in action at Chelsea on Wednesday, February 17 (7.05pm).

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