"It was a night to remember. I’m really happy with it, it’s my first hat-trick for Norwich so I’m delighted. It was my first starting appearance at Carrow Road so that was excellent as well," Adam Idah told The Pink Un, summing just some of the reasons he has to be excited about his performance for Norwich in the FA Youth Cup against Barnsley on Tuesday night.
Another reason: Idah's hat-trick was scored with Norwich first-team coach Daniel Farke looking on in the stands - a nice bonus for the 17-year-old from Cork, one which will do his chances of winning a pro-contract no harm.
An Ireland under-17 and under-18 international, he only joined Norwich during the summer from College Corinthians who are based in Douglas on the south side of Cork.
The 17-year-old has a habit of scoring hat-tricks at the right moment. While playing for College Corinthians, he scored one in front of a Norwich scout. A trial game for the club soon followed. Again, he hit the net three times.
I came over here on trial and played against Peterborough and scored a hat-trick in my first game so they offered me a contract and I was really happy to join.
I scored a hat-trick recently as well against Azerbaijan in the European qualifiers (for Ireland U17s), so hopefully I can continue that and hopefully get more!
Idah has impressed for both club and country. Norwich U18s boss David Wright, speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, said that he lost track of the number of times Idah scored while away with Ireland.
He’s an Ireland youth international, he’s been away a number of times this year at different tournaments and he’s doing particularly well. I think he went away and scored six or seven, I lost count in the end over three games, so he’s done really well.
More importantly he’s a really good boy, he wants to learn, he wants to get better and he’s very humble, so as a person that’s very important to us and the football club because they are the type of football players we want to produce.