Football Fancast is embarking on a new series, in which we take a look at some of the hottest young prospects currently playing in the Championship…
Today, we’re taking a look at a man who is enjoying the best season of his career to date, Che Adams.
The Birmingham City hotshot has been in ridiculous form since the turn of the year, scoring ten of his 21 league goals in just nine appearances and inevitably attracting interest from the Premier League in the process.
Adams’ 21 strikes means he has already bettered his previous best league tally by 14 goals, turning the heads of Manchester United, Arsenal, Southampton and Burnley – the Saints saw an £8m bid rebuffed in the January window, whilst the Clarets saw a £12m offer rejected.
Garry Monk’s star man also hit six goals in just five appearances throughout February, displaying scarily good form and showcasing a steady improvement over the years which suggests that he will only get better.
The 22-year-old is a physical powerhouse, who possesses a fierce long-shot and raw pace which makes him a real difficulty to defend against – clearly, the defenders in the Championship are struggling massively.
Adams can also operate as an attacking midfielder, and has a decent eye for a pass to go with his sharpness in front of goal. His ability to mix it up and sometimes take a step back from the No.9 role into a deeper No.10 role will stand him in good stead when a move to the top-flight inevitably comes around.
Additionally, his willingness to run the channels and use his pace efficiently is akin to that of a young Jamie Vardy, who, as we all know, is a lethal top-flight striker despite spending a decent chunk of his career in the lower leagues.
Adams would be wise to study the 32-year-old Premier League winner if he were to make a move to England’s highest level in the near future.