Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has said that it is too early to overburden the "work in progress" Adam Idah during Norwich's relegation battle.
Speaking with the Eastern Daily Press, the German stated that he must "take some responsibility off the young lads" in his squad as the Canaries look to stave off relegation.
Corkman Idah, who scored a hat-trick in Norwich's 4-0 FA Cup win over Preston North End, has only started once in the Premier League. That game was against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with the East Anglian outfit losing 4-0. Norwich's profligacy in front of goal has led to fans clambering for Idah's inclusion, but Farke is hesitant to throw the 19 year-old into the deep end.
“At this age he is already there in the matchday squad and getting minutes. I don’t see any other club where he would have gotten this at Premier League level," Farke said.
“He is still a work in progress and he has to improve in many parts of the game, in his endurance and his ability to link the play. But he improves day by day and I am never scared to play young players.
“I can still remember after Adam scored at Preston I was hearing he will help us stay in this league. Then he starts at Manchester United in the next game and we lose 4-0 and he was seen as too lightweight and maybe in a few years he will be ready. I won’t go over the moon or be too critical.
Farke also cited Danny Welbeck, whose overhead kick condemned Norwich to a 2-1 defeat against Watford, as an example of what Idah must work towards.
“Adam Idah will have a bright future if he keeps working hard but you can’t expect the same right now as an experienced international like Welbeck. This is the difference in terms of experience and quality.
“These experiences will be important for Adam in his career to play at the top level and one day we hope he can score a bicycle kick like that.
“When I compare Welbeck’s goal, a bicycle kick that goes in the top corner from 12 yards, with the chance for Adam, a 19-year-old in his first appearances, and he must score from two yards out. But you can’t accuse this lad. We cannot put too much weight on the shoulders of a teenager.”