Adam Idah | His journey to the senior team
After scoring five times under Stephen Kenny with the U21s last season, he got the nod last week from the new Ireland manager to join him with the Men’s National Team.
In January, the Norwich City striker netted his first goals for his club and in some style. He scored a hat-trick against Preston North End in the Third Round of the FA Cup in only his second start and just days later he was rewarded for his Man of the Match performance with his first Premier League start, which came against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He would go on to feature throughout Norwich’s season which saw them relegated to The Championship but advance to the last eight of the FA Cup. A highlight of their cup run saw them knock-out Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in which Adam was successful from the spot – converted into the top corner to be precise.
Should the Corkman realise a dream and earn a full-cap against Bulgaria (Thursday) or Finland (Sunday) it would complete a remarkable journey for the teenager.
Speaking about making the step-up to the senior team Adam said: “Obviously it’s going to be a big step-up and this is the stage everyone wants to be – I just can’t wait to get going.
“Looking around the squad there are a few players who can play that striker role and for me I’m looking to learn from them. Right now I’m looking forward to this experience and if I get some game time it’s a bonus.”
Although he represented his country in the Hibernia Cup, Adam’s first taste of international football came with the Ireland Under-15s against Poland on November 24, 2015. His first goals at that level for the Boys in Green came in April 2016 when he netted a brace in a 5-2 win over Czech Republic at Clonmel Celtic, Tipperary.
That same year the then College Corinthians striker went on to lift silverware as Ireland Under-16s won the prestigious Victory Shield for the first time. Adam hit three goals in the tournament, including one in a 3-0 win against hosts Scotland that clinched the trophy for Paul Osam’s team.
The 2016/17 season was a fruitful one for the front man. In addition to three goals in the Victory Shield he notched 10 goals for Ireland U17s as they reached the Quarter Finals of the European Championship but lost out 1-0 to a Jadon Sancho-inspired England.
The following season, Adam hit 10 goals again for the U17s who once more reached the last eight of the European Championships this time Ireland were cruelly denied in a penalty shoot-out against Netherlands.
Despite only turning 19 last February, Adam is no stranger to the green jersey. He has amassed 61 appearances for Irish underage teams, scoring an impressive 34 goals. He also has the quirk for scoring for each Ireland underage team from the U15s to U21s.
Who would bet against Adam completing the set with a goal at senior international level?