According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Southampton have launched a bid to sign striker Che Adams. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Championship outfit Birmingham City and has done so since leaving Sheffield United back in 2016, with his impressive goal-scoring exploits for the Midlanders this season attracting interest from Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
And that’s because a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that the South Coast club have made a move for the £2.25 million-rated sharp shooter (as per Transfermarkt), but Claude Puel’s Leicester, alongside several other top-flight sides, are also thought (as per The Daily Mirror) to be keen on the Englishman.
And with the Foxes somewhat struggling for goals outside of main man Jamie Vardy this term, the Midlanders simply have to beat Southampton to the 22-year-old’s signature this month.
Ultimately, Southampton themselves have been reasonably reliant on the goals of summer signing Danny Ings given he has bagged on eight occasions for the Saints so far, which is four more than Charlie Austin, Shane Long, and Michael Obafemi have managed between them.
And with scoring goals having been a clear problem for the South Coast club in the last 18 months or so, given they netted 37 times in their 38 Premier League matches last time round alongside only 25 so far this term, it makes complete sense for Hasenhuttl to express an interest in a striker who is producing his best form in front of goal in many a year.
However, Puel’s Leicester are another side seemingly in need of further striking reinforcements as, outside of talisman Vardy, the other options in that area of the pitch have seriously struggled to produce the goods this season.
Englishman Vardy has been the main man at the King Power Stadium for many a year now having reached double figures in each of his last three seasons at the club, including 24 in their remarkable title-winning campaign of 2015/16 to underline his prowess in front of goal.
However, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki simply do not provide the necessary quality to deputise for the 32-year-old – the former has one Premier League goal to his name thus far, which is one more than Japan international Okazaki.
And with Vardy having just turned 32, the Foxes cannot rely on the striker forever and will surely be looking at how they can not only provide the necessary competition for him now, but also seek the possible long-term replacement for the ex-England international – Birmingham’s Adams fits the bill.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed one of his best seasons to date for Garry Monk’s side this term with 14 goals in 28 Championship appearances for the Blues, including three in his last three matches for the Midlands club to underline how strong his form currently is – his efforts suggest that he has the confidence to hit the ground running mid-season, which isn’t always a certainty in the January window.
And with nine goals last term for the Blues and seven in his debut campaign of 2016/17, it’s not as if this season has been a complete one-off – Adams has threatened to go on and exceed the ten-goal mark ever since moving to St Andrew’s, and this term he has finally got round to doing just that.
As such, it appears that the 22-year-old is playing the best football of his career, and given his young age, he is only likely to continue getting better the more football he plays – he could be an asset to Leicester both in the future, but also in the present.
And that is why the Foxes simply have to beat Southampton to his signature this month, as doing so would go some way to easing the burden on talisman Vardy.
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