'He reminds me of someone like a young Paul Ince' – Ebbsfleet sign midfielder following Norwich City release
PUBLISHED: 12:48 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:52 01 June 2018
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Ebou Adams has signed for National League side Ebbsfleet United following his Norwich City release.
The midfielder was one of nine youngsters told last month that they would not be getting a new Canaries contract and the 22-year-old has moved quickly to secure his future.
Adams becomes Ebbsfleet’s first signing of the summer, following a successful loan in the top tier of non-league with Leyton Orient, scoring one goal in 19 games.
Orient, who finished in mid-table, had been keen to sign the Gambia international but Ebbsfleet have swooped following a season in which they missed out on promotion to League Two when beaten 4-2 by Tranmere in extra-time of the play-off semi-finals.
“He’s box-to-box, powerful, good on the ball,” manager Daryl McMahon said. “He reminds me of someone like a young Paul Ince.
“He’s young, he’s hungry, he can do both sides of the game. He can play, he can run and I think he’s got huge, huge potential as well.”
Speaking to his club’s website, McMahon added: “He likes what he’s seen. He thinks we’re progressive as a club. He’s coming to us because he’s looked at our squad and how we performed last season.”
Adams was signed by Norwich in January 2016 after breaking through with National League side Dartford and the Londoner became a key player for City’s under-23s the following season.
That led to eight appearances while on loan at League One club Shrewsbury during the first half of this season, before a more profitable spell with Orient, where he won the O’s goal of the season award.