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Gassan Ahadme: It was great to score my first goal for the club

28 February 2019

Norwich City’s Under-23s forward Gassan Ahadme is enjoying life in Norfolk and is “looking forward” to the Manchester United game on Friday (7pm kick-off).

Ahadme started for City’s Under-23s last time out, against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League Cup on Monday, and scored after Alfie Payne’s corner was met by the head of the Spaniard before the ball rifled into the top-corner of the net.

"It was great to score my first goal for the club, it was my first start because I had been out injured a bit because of an arm injury, but I am really happy to get my first start and first goal.

“I am enjoying my time here in Norfolk; it’s great to be playing full-time because in Spain I was training three or four days a week, only in the afternoons.

“There are quite a lot of differences [between England and Spain], the pitches that we play on have real grass here, even at the smaller grounds. Where I played in Spain, we had artificial grass and so do a lot of the smaller teams.”

Despite only being here for a month the striker feels a part of the team already, and has said that is down to his teammates and the togetherness of the squad.

“When Anis [Mehmeti] scored to put us in front against Nottingham on Monday all the players celebrated together, this I think showed the team bond.

The 18-year-old isn’t your typical Spanish striker, but says despite being tall he likes to be quick with his feet.

“I’m quite tall and am not very quick, so I would say I’m a bit like a target man. But I also like to be quick on the floor as well, and use my skills to draw players towards me.

“I like the Brazilian style of play because they are skilful, but I also idolise Cristiano Ronaldo and I see my reflection in him a bit. He works really hard, and has made himself into the player that he is, which is why I really like him.”

The Canaries come up against Manchester United on Friday evening and Ahadme will be hoping to add to his goal tally against the Red Devils who are placed sixth in the Premier League 2 Division 2 table.

“I am looking forward to the Manchester United game, they are a big team but we played good against Nottingham and I think we will do the same on Friday.”

You can follow updates of the match by following our Academy Twitter page @NorwichCityAcad.

Entry is free for supporters to watch the game which is being held at the Leigh Sports Village, WN7 4JY.

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