Birmingham City supporters have been reasonably upbeat in recent times despite seeing their side fail to get back to winning ways in the Championship at the weekend.
Garry Monk’s men went into their meeting with struggling Hull City off the back of losing 3-1 to Derby County in their previous league encounter, a result which brought to an end their mightily impressive 11-game unbeaten run. And while the Blues weren’t able to bounce back with all three points on Saturday, they did at least get a point from a thrilling clash against Nigel Adkins’ men, drawing 3-3 at St Andrew’s thanks to a hat-trick from Che Adams.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Birmingham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have unsurprisingly been heaping praise on striker Adams, who continues to produce the goods upfront over two years on from his move to the club.
And it was former boss Gary Rowett, who was harshly sacked by the Blues in December 2016, who brought the 22-year-old to St Andrew’s for £1.98 million (as per Transfermarkt), thus underlining that, even now under new boss Monk, Birmingham are still reaping the rewards from Rowett’s brilliance.
Ultimately, the now-Stoke City chief did a fantastic job during his two-year spell at the Midlands club in twice leading them to tenth place finishes in the Championship, while they were riding high in seventh when he was surprisingly and frankly absurdly relieved of his duties in December 2016.
And that summer saw the 44-year-old make some telling signings in a bid to take the Blues forward once again, with Adams perhaps the pick of the bunch after an impressive time at Sheffield United in the years previous.
The striker, capped twice at Under-20 level by England in 2015, netted 12 times in 41 appearances in all competitions for the Blades in the 2015/16 campaign, thus prompting Rowett to lure him to Birmingham in the hope that he can make the step up and deliver in the second tier.
And Adams has done that to good effect in the last two years or so, netting seven times in his first season at St Andrew’s as the club narrowly avoided relegation under Harry Redknapp, before scoring nine goals last time round as the Blues again just about beat the drop.
But this term, what with Monk embarking on his first full season in charge, the Blues look to be heading up, and 22-year-old Adams is playing a key part in that having already bagged eight goals in just 17 Championship appearances so far this term, five of which came in their impressive 11-match unbeaten run between August and October.
And with a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Hull at the weekend, Adams is clearly going to play a crucial role in what success the Blues have this season, with that £1.98 million figure paid to Sheffield United two years ago looking more and more like a bargain with every passing day.
So while it has been almost two years since Rowett lost his job at St Andrew’s, the club are continuing to reap the rewards of his brilliance, namely the brilliance he showed in sealing a bargain deal for in-form Adams a few months before his departure.
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