With a perceived dearth of attacking talent making many Irish football fans nervy, Norwich City’s Adam Idah could be the glimmer of hope we’ve been waiting for.
Wes Hoolahan’s career paints a picture of a beautiful footballer, bursting with creativity, and possessing a nature more akin to a South American climate than Dublin’s inner city. He was more Ronaldo than Ronnie, more Bebeto than Breen.
On Saturday, he brought the curtain down on a wonderful Norwich career in typical Wes Hoolahan fashion; a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win.
Yet, as ‘Wessi’ set off into the sun, one could not help but to be jealous of Norwich. The Canaries will miss their playmaker, clearly more than they perceived when not renewing his contract, but they possess the luxury of being able to go to market and acquiring a replacement.
Unfortunately, the Irish national team does not.
When the rose-tinted glasses are put back on the shelf and the masses cast their adoration for Wes Hoolahan to one side, a return of three goals for the national team from 43 appearances will not underline just how good a talent Wesley Hoolahan from Dublin was.
While the natural inclination would be to worry about the future of our national team, and the lack of creative talent at our disposal, Hoolahan’s departure from Norwich City could be the catalyst for highlighting another Irish creative talent that is making a name for himself at Carrow Road.
As Hoolahan closed the book on his storied Norwich career, the ink was barely drying on the newest chapter of what is sure to be an epic from young Adam Idah.
Free-scoring, electric pace, and just seventeen years old. It has been quite the year for one of Norwich City’s hottest prospects.
As outlined by my colleague, Simon O’Keeffe, in his feature piece on Idah, the future looks bright for the Corkonian.
“This time last year, the young Corkman had just helped the Boys in Green to qualify for the UEFA under-17 European Championships with a 100% record in the elite round in Cyprus.
In the year since, Idah was in the side that reached the last eight of the aforementioned finals, signed for Championship side Norwich City, made his mark in the FA Youth Cup, signed a boot deal with manufacturing giant Adidas and taken this year’s qualification by storm by finishing top scorer with eight goals.”
The perfect year got even better last night for Idah, with his outstanding contribution being recognised at Norwich City’s annual awards night. The former Douglas Community School student took home both the Norwich City FC U18 Player Of The Year Award, and the Academy Player Of The Year.
— Norwich City Academy (@NorwichCityAcad) April 29, 2018
Standing side-by-side with 2017 Player Of The Year, Wes Hoolahan, the picture told a story of two talented players; one with the potential to penetrate the top level of English football, and one whose full potential was never fully reached.
In ten years time, let’s hope we will be reading about the influence Wes Hoolahan, the Championship player, had on Adam Idah, the Champions League player.