Southampton legend and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier has revealed he is looking forward to seeing Che Adams this campaign after a successful pre-season.
The club’s second top scorer of all time has praised manager Ralph Hasenhuttl for reinvesting wisely into the squad and giving the side an injection of pace.
So far this season Southampton have signed two new players in Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo for a reported combined total of £29m (Transfermarkt).
Talking to the Daily Echo, Le Tissier expressed his delight with Austrian’s transfer dealings.
“Southampton have strengthened pretty well,” he said.
“Ralph identified the areas of the squad that were a bit lacking and pace was one of the big things, so we’ve brought in a couple of players who’ve got that in abundance.
“They are both pretty quick, pretty strong players and hopefully they make a big difference to the team.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them in action. I saw Che play for the first time last week and he scored after about 20 seconds so he made a good first impression!
“I watched a bit of Djenepo in the African Cup of Nations and I’m excited by him. He has good delivery on him and he’ll chip in with a few goals. He could be a useful addition.”
The ex-forward continued regarding Che Adams, saying that if he can replicate what he did at Birmingham last year – contribute a large number of goals – then the £15m transfer fee (Transfermarkt) will already be justified within just one season at the club.
“Adams has scored three or four times in pre-season already and hopefully he can use that as a springboard to get in the team,” said Le Tissier.
“It’ll be important to get on the scoresheet early in the season – for a striker at a new club, in a new league, it’s really important he gets off the mark early on.
“If he can score between 15-20 goals this season then he will already be worth the money we paid for him and he still has a lot of improvement left in him still as he is a good age.”
The additions of Djenepo and Adams will give the squad a whole lot more pace and will help Hasenhuttl pursue his preferred style of football – one which requires an aggressive press (Total Football Analysis).
Le Tissier might be hoping for a bit much if he thinks Adams can get 15-20 goals. Indeed, despite his talent, it’s a big step up and the likes of Jamie Vardy only scored five times during his maiden voyage amongst the English elite, so even the top marksmen in the league take a while adjusting.
Despite his great season last year during which he bagged 22 times in the league, Adams has a lot to prove in the Premier League. He is only 23 but last term was only the second time he had reached double figures for goals in the league, so it’s important to temper expectation somewhat.
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