Born in Cork, Ireland, on February 11th, 2001, Adam Idah began his career at College Corinthians in Cork. Joining the club in 2007, where he spent 10 years before moving to Norwich City in 2017.
In his first season in East Anglia, the Irishman netted nine goals in 15 appearances for the Canaries in the Under 18 Premier League.
The following season, Idah continued his progression, scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 19 Premier League 2 games, which represents the top level of reserve team football in England.
Despite a relatively good start at youth level for Norwich however his senior career got off to the worst start in the 2019/20 season when he spent 28 days out injured with a back injury, side-lining him from mid-August until mid-September.
Throughout the season, Idah played 12 times in the English Premier League without scoring, with his only league start coming in a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United.
With Norwich finishing bottom of the Premier League at the end of the season, the hope was that Idah would be given more consistent game time in the Championship. However, the next season proved to be yet another injury-laden one for the Irishman, with a recurring knee injury sidelining him for 166 days.
As a result, Idah was only able to make 17 league appearances, scoring three goals and providing an assist, with only one league start to his name.
Idah was though able to make his Republic of Ireland debut during that season in September 2020, in a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria.
On that occasion former Celtic defender Shane Duffy grabbed an injury-time goal to secure a draw, with Idah playing 77 minutes in the game.
Despite his absence for much of the season, Norwich City managed to regain Premier League football at the first time of asking, finishing top of the Championship with 97 points.
Former Celtic striker Teemu Pukki led the Canaries to promotion with an impressive tally of 26 goals and four assists in 41 appearances.
In the 2021/22 season, Idah faced yet another injury-prone period, with a knee injury keeping him out for 195 days from February until August.
Before the injury however he managed to score his first Premier League goal against Everton in a 2-1 win at Carrow Road. Throughout the season, Idah made a total of 17 league appearances but started only six league games. Once more, Norwich found themselves relegated at the end of the season, finishing bottom of the Premier League.
Last season Idah faced additional knee injuries, leading to surgery and causing him to miss a total of 92 days. Despite the setbacks, he managed to score two goals and provide an assist in 25 Championship games.
The Irishman did enjoy a positive summer on the international stage in 2023, securing his first senior goal for Ireland against Gibraltar in a 3-0 victory on June 19th. Additionally, he scored two more times for his national team in 2023. Experiencing his best spell for club and country without injuries.
Despite enjoying an injury-free season this year, Idah has found game time limited at Norwich.
Manager David Wagner has favoured Ashley Barnes up top, leading to only 13 league starts in 28 Championship appearances.
Additionally, the return of Josh Sargent from injury in December and the imminent arrival of Sydney van Hooijdonk suggest that Idah’s days at Norwich may very well be numbered.
In 28 Championship appearances this season, Idah has a total of six goals and an assist, by far his best tally at senior level.
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However, it’s clear that at 22 years old, his career has consistently been plagued with knee injuries, and to say that the rumoured loan signing until the end of the season has left Celtic fans underwhelmed would be an understatement.
With Kyogo Furuhashi failing to score as many goals domestically this season under Brendan Rodgers as in previous seasons, Oh Hyeon-gyu has been given the chance to displace the Japanese striker. Also at 22 years old however, Oh is clearly still developing as a player.
This has led to the belief that Celtic need to sign another striker this month with a more direct style of play than Kyogo, who at times finds himself uninvolved in Celtic’s methodical build-up play under Rodgers.
A new striker could possibly provide Celtic with a more direct aerial threat from set pieces and crosses, similar to the success Rodgers had with Moussa Dembele during his first spell at the club.
Rumours suggest a loan deal for Idah until the end of the season has been agreed without an option to buy.
It very much remains to be seen whether the Irish striker is exactly what Celtic need to retain both the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup in the second half of the season.
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