ADAM IDAH is a young attacker making plenty of waves in recent times and his form has got Irish football supporters really excited about what could potentially be about to come in the senior international ranks.
But one examination of his life growing up on Leeside showcases how much of a talented all round sportsman he truly is.
Idah made a big statement of intent after netting a hat-trick for Norwich City in the FA Cup tie against Preston North End.
It was another chapter to a spell which has seen him in great form for Norwich and also at international level for the Republic Of Ireland U21’s.
The talent and ability which Idah possesses has been pretty evident for quite a number of years now.
Idah played in what was a pretty slick College Corinthians side at schoolboy level.
One of his coaches while at College Corinthians was Kevin Ronayne, who also coached him at schools level for Douglas Community School.
“I would have coached Adam at U14, U15 and U16s with College Corinthians. He was exceptional for the club. We won three trophies in three years, a league and cup double and a league title.
“He scored about 30-40 goals a season. He was exceptional to work with and at that stage, you could see that he was going to play at a higher level.
“You never had to motivate him or get him up for a game. He treated everyone the same, every time it didn’t matter if they were 2nd in the league to us or bottom of the league.
“He always treated them with the same preparation. He just loved scoring goals and always spotted an opportunity to score more goals.”
Idah has showcased his talents and along with the likes of Michael Obafemi, Troy Parrott and Aaron Connolly, is a part of a talented crop of young Irish attackers emerging at English Premier League level sides.
“He loved scoring goals, but there is way more to his game than that. He was always keen to try out the front four positions,” adds Ronayne on Idah’s qualities as a player.
“I think it is a lazy analysis when people say he is fast and strong. There is so much more to his game.
“His link up play is superb. His skill, as he demonstrated against the Sweden U21 team for Ireland, that piece of skill he did out on the left wing, that was what people would think is more akin to a Brazilian than an Irish boy.
”To see him do that, it shows all of the talent that he has. His hat-trick the other day showed that superbly.
“Adam is keenly aware that it is just a start. He has been itching to make this start and has been ready a couple of times.
“So he was delighted just to get this chance. He came on against Crystal Palace for a few minutes. But even in that little cameo, he held up the ball and beat two fellas.
“His performance against Preston showed that he is ready. Adam knows it was just one game and that you have to keep producing when it is that level.
“If he gets the nod, I have no doubt that he will apply himself. There is nobody that puts pressure on him, he puts the pressure on himself because he wants to score.”
The talents of Idah spread far beyond the soccer pitch. He also was a pretty useful GAA player with Douglas, where he played both Gaelic Football and also Hurling.
One man that dealt with Idah while he donned the Douglas GAA colours was club stalwart Eddie Murphy.
“I remember Adam came down to take part in what we call our Street Leagues in Douglas.
“But I would have had an association with him in relation to coaching with Community Games.
“Adam would have been a part of the team that I would have coached. They went on to win the silver medal at the 2010 Community Games.
“That was one of his first tastes of success at national level.
“Adam was a very good lad, very talented. He was every bit as good in hurling as he was in Gaelic Football.
“Even at 13 years of age, he came on and played in a County Final as a first year student in Douglas Community School. I remember him coming on and getting the winning score.
“Overall with Adam, I coached him for a few years. He was very diligent and he was a great lad.
“He worked hard. Even at an early age, you could see that he was destined for great things.
“Obviously soccer was always important to him. He was involved in great structures, not alone in the GAA but also within the soccer and it stood to him."
Eddie recalls Idah as someone who was a naturally all rounded gifted sportsman.
“From an early age, if he decided to play chess he would have been good at it, he was that talented.
“Adam was one of these that you could talk to him and would take it on board and he would work on it.
“He is a serious talent and I think he has a serious career ahead of him. He has got all of the right attitude, mentally and obviously from a skill level.
“I certainly think he is going to go far.”