According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Che Adams’ future is far from certain heading into the remainder of the January transfer window. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Championship side Birmingham City and has done so since leaving Sheffield United back in 2016, with his impressive efforts upfront for the Blues seemingly attracting interest from the Premier League.
And that’s because reports suggest that as many as 12 top-flight teams scouted the £2.25 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) at the weekend in Birmingham’s defeat against Middlesbrough, and while it’s unclear whether Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United were one of those sides, they certainly should seek to win the race for Adams in a bid to rid them of awful Joselu.
Ultimately, 22-year-old Adams shone at Sheffield United in the 2015/16 season to thus earn a step up to the Championship with Birmingham that summer, with the striker then very much proving his worth with seven goals in his first season at St Andrew’s, and then nine the campaign after.
Yet the former England Under-20 international has this term taken it up another level by netting a sensational 13 goals in just 27 Championship appearances for Garry Monk’s men, the latest of which coming in front of those 12 scouts in the Blues’ 2-1 loss to Tony Pulis’ Boro on Saturday.
And with four assists as well, Adams appears to be developing into the ideal all round forward – yet the same simply cannot be said of Joselu at Newcastle.
The 28-year-old made the move to St James’ Park back in the summer of 2017 as Benitez sought attacking reinforcements upon Newcastle’s return to the Premier League, although Joselu’s pretty poor record at Stoke City in the years previous, scoring just four times for the Potters between 2015 and 2017, was very much a sign of things to come.
And that’s because the Galicia international has unsurprisingly struggled for goals in the North East with only seven to his name in 49 appearances for the Magpies, just two of which have come in the Premier League this term, and they came all the way back in August.
Yes, the 28-year-old does have ability in the forward role in terms of holding the ball up and bringing others into play, but he simply doesn’t have the necessary predatory instincts in front of goal to turn golden opportunities into goals – there have been plenty of occasions in his Newcastle career in which he has missed glaring chances.
And that simply isn’t good enough for a team seeking to move up the Premier League table in the second half of the season – yes, Salomon Rondon appears to be the main man at the club presently, but that’s not to say that Joselu won’t be used by Benitez as the season progresses.
And that is why the Magpies simply have to win the race for Birmingham’s Adams – he has that predatory instinct in front of goal, and at the tender age of 22, he is surely only going to get better, especially under the guidance of an outstanding coach like Benitez.
Thus, Newcastle must seek to beat their Premier League rivals to the striker, as doing so would not only bolster their forward ranks, but it could also rid them of awful Joselu.
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