While Norwich City fans left Carrow Road disappointed to see the Canaries concede a late equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, there was a cameo appearance from academy graduate Adam Idah to be cheerful about.
The 18-year-old made his debut for City, coming off the bench to replace Alexander Tettey in the second minute of stoppage time, and it was a moment he’d been looking forward to for a long time.
“I’m delighted because I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a young boy,” he said. “I’m very honoured and happy to make my debut.
“I found out on Tuesday after training that I’d be involved and I was delighted, so I went home and rang my family straight away. They watched the game so I’m buzzing.”
Idah immediately made City fans look up and take notice, pressing the Palace defence with real energy in the brief amount of time he was on the pitch, as well as picking up the ball and taking on a few of the Eagles.
“I was delighted to get on the pitch,” he said. “To make a small impact when I came on was great for me. Now, it’s time to keep my head down and try to get a few more minutes.
“I want to work hard and if I get the chance, I’ll take it. If not, I’ll keep working hard.”
In his post-match interview, Head Coach Daniel Farke described Idah as having ‘a lot of potential’, and the forward admits he’s been thankful to work under the manager on a daily basis.
“It’s been great working with Daniel,” he said. “Everyone knows he trusts young players like Max Aarons, Todd Cantwell, Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey, so for me to work under him is unbelievable. I knew he trusted me to bring me on, so I’m grateful to have him as my manager.
“Watching the other young lads go from academy football into the first team gives you that belief and hope that you can do the same thing and follow their paths. It’s great to play with them.”