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Norwich City boss Dean Smith wants more from goal-shy Adam Idah

Adam Idah of Norwich City in action against West Ham at the London Stadium on Wednesday. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Adam Idah of Norwich City in action against West Ham at the London Stadium on Wednesday. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Aidan Fitzmaurice

A player struggling with a struggling side, Ireland international Adam Idah has been warned by his club manager that he needs to improve his finishing.

Idah made only his third Premier League start for Norwich City in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham, lining out up front alongside Teemu Pukki in a 4-4-2, but his wait for his first Premier League goal goes on. He had one chance which, if converted, would have levelled the scores at 1-1, but ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski saved, a costly moment for the league’s bottom side.

“There’s parts of his game that he still needs to improve. There were a couple of opportunities in the first half where, I’ve got an old saying, don’t make a good chance better, and I felt that he turned down a couple of good opportunities where he could have had a shot,” boss Dean Smith said.

“That’s the part of the game that we need to get better, but there’s no denying that Fabianski makes a good save. We need a bit of killer instinct in the box and a bit of confidence, we are goal-less in the last six games."

St Mirren have insisted that in-demand Ireland international Jamie McGrath will not be allowed to leave the club on the cheap in this transfer window, but their Irish manager Jim Goodwin is resigned to losing the midfielder for next season.

“There’s a long way to go in this January window but we’ll try our best to keep him," Goodwin said. “Unless someone comes in with a financial offer which makes good business sense for the club, then there’s absolutely no way we will let Jamie walk out the door.

“We’ve made Jamie and his representatives a very good offer but Jamie is well within his right to go and talk to any club he wants to. Realistically, of course, it’s highly unlikely Jamie will be a St Mirren player next season but while he’s here we’ll use him as best we can."

Cyrus Christie , meanwhile, has joined Swansea City on loan from Fulham until the end of the season.


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