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Sky Is The Limit For Omobamidele After Another Steller Performance For Norwich

Sky Is The Limit For Omobamidele After Another Steller Performance For Norwich

These are truly bleak times to be an Ireland supporter but there are reasons to be hopeful. There might be a lost generation of Irish talent, but a number of teenage Irish footballers are proving their own ability in England. And they're being developed by some tremendous coaches.

It's been an incredible few days in the life of centre back Andrew Omobamidele. Injuries to Ben Gibson and Christoph Zimmerman have meant that Daniel Farke had to thrust the Leixlip teenager into the Norwich defense last Friday. But Omobamidele was brilliant against Preston in his first start with the senior team on Good Friday and his stats were savage as the Canaries embarrassed Huddersfield Town last night 7-0.

Huddersfield were a shambles, but Omobamidele continues to wow Norwich supporters.

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After being named Norwich's Man of the Match on Friday, Omobamidele earned a 7 in the Pink 'Un's player ratings.

This professional lark is easy. A second senior start of his career will take some beating. But despite City’s overwhelming dominance his concentration levels were spot on to track Ward’s run from a quickly taken free kick and sweep up behind his team mates

It's a fascinating time for the Ireland U21 player. Norwich are going to win the Championship and if Omobamidele continues this form, he could find himself starting matches against some of the best players in the world next August.

He doesn't seem intimidated by the job at hand. What's most exciting from an Irish perspective is that the Kildare man is learning the game from a brilliant tactician and man-manager like Daniel Farke. Norwich kept faith in Farke after being relegated last season. They've lorded the Championship this year, playing gorgeous, high-pressing football. The club has its values, on and off the pitch, and it's no surprise Farke has brought 11 players through the academy to senior debuts.

Last night, Norwich fans were chuffed to see Farke giving a Omobamidele a 1-on-1 coaching tutorial on the pitch minutes after the final whistle of this thrashing of Huddersfield.

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Norwich knew they had a special coach in Farke and kept him on despite losing millions through relegation. While the book is still out on whether Stephen Kenny has the managerial nous to make it international football, it's hugely encouraging to know that Omobamidele and Adam Idah, two of Ireland's brightest prospects, are learning the game at the hands of the German.

As the song goes, things can only get better.

SEE ALSO: Norwich City Fans Are Raving About 18-Year Old Irishman After His Full Debut

Donny Mahoney
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Donny Mahoney is Chief Sportswriter and one of the founders of Balls.ie

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