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Can The Lockdown Break Be Che Adams Big Break ?
Wednesday, 3rd Jun 2020 08:29

Che Adams season so far has not lived up to the expectations, but has far from been a disaster and this rest could be the change that the former Birmingham striker needs to kick start his Saints career.

In pre season things were looking good for Che Adams, he seemed to score in every game and Saints fans hopes were high, but come the start of the Premier League season things got tougher and he struggled to find the back of the net.

But that didn't mean he was playing badly, only that he just couldn't find the net, in our first two wins of the season away at Brighton and Sheffield United he played a full part in those victories and at Sheffield in particularly he was desperately unlucky not to notch a goal.

But as for any striker the fans judge you on goals and the fat he hadn't scored one was the stat that mattered for many.

Ralph Hasenhuttl had tried several different tactics to get his season started with a goal including resting him, but it wasn't happening and by early December there were rumours linking him with Leeds United in the Championship.

According to their director of football speaking in the Yorkshire media this week two weeks into December Saints were willing to talk transfer on Adams, with both a permanent move and a loan deal with a £20 million clause at the end of the season. So what changed ?

According to Leeds the period between Xmas and the win at Leicester, Adams was restored to the starting line up for the Boxing Day visit to Chelsea, his first meaningful League action since Late September, although Michael Obafemi took the plaudits for his goal, it was Adams who paved the way for the win with a bustling performance up front that showed he could make space and create for others and his game was more than just pace and goals.

But the Leeds rumours persisted and it looked like he might be gone permanently or otherwise in January, but according to Leeds the big game changer was Adams assist in the win at Leicester on 11th January when he notched an assist in the 2-1 win against the Foxes.

Suddenly Adams had a bounce about him again and although the first goal was not forthcoming, a second assist was, his time to seal the win against Aston Villa when he won a ball near the touchline, carried it forward a pace of two and then picked out a perfect pass to leave Stuart Armstrong completely in the clear, the vision that he had for that pass was something rare in a player, he knew exactly where he needed to put the ball without thinking.

James Ward Prowse and Jack Stephens both on 3 assists are the only players in the club to have more assists than Adams for Saints in the Premier League, both in considerably more game time.

But although he was now back in the frame, there was still no goal and for strikers sometimes something has to break the circle they are trapped into and for Adams this could be the lockdown break.

For him it will almost be like a new season and a fresh start, he will not feel the weight of not having scored all season and he won't feel the crowd on his back, it could well give him a new lease of life.

Likewise the proposed 5 substitute ruling, that will give him more opportunities and that can only be of benefit.

So its a clean break and a chance to show Saints supporters what he can do in front of goal, he never stopped hiding, never stopped getting into goal scoring positions and having chances, never shirked from them, he has all the attributes needed, if he gets one goal then several more could follow, strikers score in bursts.

Who will be the hero for Saints in project restart, I would not bet against it being Che Adams.

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NewburySaint added 13:25 - Jun 3
Barring injuries I don’t expect Che to start much until if/when we are mathematically safe from the drop-Ings & Long have earnt their places so far.

But he’s definitely 1 to persevere with-I 1st saw him again Liverpool where he pulverised their defence, and bar Brighton away I think he’s been great.

We just need some goals from him now, but as long as Ings keeps on scoring there’s no immediate pressure.

TimSaint added 13:49 - Jun 3
He would not usually start ahead of Ings and Long, but you never know with Ralph. Who would have expected both to be dropped for Chelsea away on Boxing Day and both Adams and Obafemi playing so well and being key to a famous win ?

Slow and gradual development is key with both Adams and Obafemi and I think RH is getting it about right, even if the players themselves don't think so. Long won't be around for too much longer and is prone to the odd injury - as is Ings, so with patience they will get their chances and then it is up to them to perform.

It could have been so different for Adams though, had he scored 2 mins into his debut at Burnley, or one of those chances at Sheff Utd had gone in, but that is what makes us or breaks us and it is now on him to work hard and keep on working on his finishing. I'm sure he will will come good eventually and 1 goal will go a long way to making the difference.

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