Norwich City: Adam Idah outlines importance of confidence

Idah impressed during Norwich’s 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, scoring and assisting after replacing Josh Sargent, who limped off with what David Wagner described as a ‘serious’ ankle injury.

With Sargent facing a period on the sidelines as he awaits further assessment on the extent of his issue, Idah will be handed the opportunity to spearhead City’s attack alongside Ashley Barnes.

After struggling to make an impact off the bench in the opening period, Idah crossed for Jon Rowe to net his fifth goal in as many matches. That seemed to spark an uplift in performance from the striker, culminating in a confident finish for the fourth goal.

Confidence is an ingredient that Idah admits is pivotal in allowing him to achieve positive performances.

“That’s the type of player I am. I have to play off confidence,” Idah told the Pink Un after City’s 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield.

“There was probably a period in the Premier League, two years ago, where I had that spell of games where I was doing quite well and that was when I was confident. I need that as a player.

“At the start of this season I’ve had that confidence and I need to keep it up. From my view, I want to help the team as much as I can. If it’s getting an assist or a goal then it is great for me and great for the team. We all want the same thing and that is to get back in the top league.”

Both City and Idah are working on improving that aspect of his game – handing him a five-year contract was a show of faith in his capabilities.

The Pink Un: Adam Idah is set to be handed a role in Norwich City's side with Josh Sargent facing a spell on the sidelines.Adam Idah is set to be handed a role in Norwich City’s side with Josh Sargent facing a spell on the sidelines. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

Idah knows he will need to develop his character to become more level-headed and less reactive to the highs and lows that occur on the pitch.

“Balance is more important,” the Irish international said. “You’re always going to have ups and down and I’ve learned over the years that it’s always going to happen no matter what job you do.

“You do need to focus on the positives as much as you can – that’s one thing I’ve learned this season to not think of the negatives.

“Think of the positives and the stuff I’m good at and focus on them and bring them out on the pitch as much as I can to be the player I am. I know I am capable enough to be good.”

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