'I'm ready to step in if asked' - City youngster's message to Farke
PUBLISHED: 19:55 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 20:12 10 September 2019
Adam Idah feels adjusted to the demands of Norwich City's first team squad and is ready to step up for head coach Daniel Farke.
Idah was handed a new contract at Carrow Road, thought to be worth around £3,000 a week, until 2023 in the summer and is the latest academy product to make the jump from the club's youth set-up.
The 18-year-old made his senior debut in the League Cup defeat at Crawley earlier this month and, whilst that didn't go to plan, he insists he is ready to be called upon in the Premier League.
"My debut was a big night for myself and I've stayed training with the first-team since," he told the Irish Examiner.
"I've really got up to the speed of things and am ready to step in if asked."
Teemu Pukki has been a revelation so far this season, scoring five goals in the opening four games, with Idah vying with Josip Drmic and Dennis Srbeny as the Finn's main back-up.
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If Idah's game time is kept to a minimum then the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international could be sent out on loan to gain some experience.
"If I was to go out on loan, it wouldn't be until January, but the manager might want to keep me around the place," he added.
Idah was in Sweden on Tuesday night as the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 played their latest Euro 2021 qualifier.
The City youngster had to be content with a place on the bench but came on as a second half substitute to help the team to an excellent 3-1 win that took them to the top of their group.
Two late goals lifted the visitors to a come-from-behind victory in Kalmar. Conor Masterson scored either side of a Troy Parrott double after Mattias Svanberg's first-half opener.
Idah is part of a crop of Irish youngsters who are expected to make the step up in the next couple of years to the senior ranks but Idah insists they can cope with the hype around them.
"As players, we're very grateful for all the interest," said the former Corinthians striker. "(Under-21s boss) Stephen (Kenny) is very clear in his meetings about what he wants from us in the games and the team has developed really well over the year."