What Norwich City boss Daniel Farke had to say about Doncaster Rovers loan target Adam Idah after FA Cup hat trick
Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has thrown considerable doubt on Doncaster Rovers’ chances of loaning striker Adam Idah for the rest of the season.
Rovers had an agreement in principle to loan the Republic of Ireland youth international for the remainder of the campaign with paperwork set to be completed in time for Idah to report to Cantley Park for training on Monday.
However, due to an injury crisis over the strikers at Carrow Road, the 18-year-old was handed a start in Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Preston North End.
And Idah struck a brilliant hat trick to hit the headlines and give Farke plenty of food for thought about his future.
The German coach suggested after the game that he is in no longer in a rush to make a decision over whether the striker will be heading out this month.
"Maybe I send Teemu Pukki out on loan," Farke said.
"There is no need for an emergency situation. We are in the driving seat.
“If he is scoring goals for us we won't be loaning out our best players. He has a long term contract so there is no urgency on our part.
"It will be a bit difficult to keep him a secret now. That is for sure. He deserves to be in the spotlight a bit.
"We back young players as a club but there are no gifts. They only come to the pitch when they are ready.
"Okay, we had a few injuries but Adam is prepared to deliver and he grabbed his chance with both hands. Not just his goals, but how he kept the ball and linked the play and worked for the team."
Despite revealing he may consider fielding the striker against Manchester United next week, Farke also suggested he would not be jumping to conclusions to quickly over Idah's current ability and readiness for Premier League action based on one performance.
“A few months ago, in his only other start at Crawley, it was not his best day and he looked so far away from Premier League football,” he said.
“But we support him and tonight was a top-class performance. But we have not won the Premier League title tonight — it was an away game in the third round of the FA Cup against a difficult side but also a Championship side with several changes.
“Adam has a lot to prove but without any doubt this was definitely a good start.”