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9 February 2016

From working at TGI Friday's to facing Memphis Depay at Old Trafford

EBOU Adams believes making a first appearance in Norwich City colours as the Development Squad visited Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Monday evening will serve him well going forward.

The hosts named an experienced team boasting over 100 international caps between them, which had cost in excess of £40m in transfer fees and featured eight players who had represented their senior side.

In stark contrast, City's squad boasted an average age of marginally above 18-years-old; including eight scholars as well as Under-16s players.  

Such a difference ultimately told on the pitch as United eased to a 7-0 victory, but Adams exclusively told "You want to test yourselves against world-class players with Champions League pedigree.

"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."

Despite the result, the former Dartford midfielder is relishing the prospect of proving his qualities in City's Under-21s side over the remainder of the season after moving to the Club on Transfer Deadline Day.

"I still have a lot to learn so I'm looking to work hard in training and get myself settled here," the 20-year-old explained.

"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."
A full in-depth interview with Ebou Adams will be available in City's matchday programme 'OTBC' when the Canaries host West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

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