Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has come out and got behind Che Adams after the player has had a tough start to life in the Premier League.
While speaking to the Daily Echo, Hasenhuttl said he was “convinced” by his new signing and is hopeful that he will start scoring sooner rather than later.
The forward joined the club in the summer from Birmingham for a reported £15m.
He also went on to add that even if he hasn’t scored yet so far, he is adding substance to the side.
He said: “He is a little bit unlucky sometimes with his actions. The pre-season was much easier for him where he scored immediately and this gives you self-confidence.
“He is waiting and working hard and he didn’t score so far but I’m convinced about this guy.
“He’s a very positive guy and he needs a goal but when he works like this in the future it will come I’m sure.
“He has a lot of qualities that helps our game.
“He is good against the ball, when he has the ball he has a good body.
“Sometimes he takes too many touches and can play quicker and in general in the first half (against Manchester United) that was biggest problem that when we win the ball we can play quicker forward.”
It’s been a bit of a tough start for Che Adams, who would have liked to have opened his account for Southampton by now for the season. The attacker has been getting involved, but he is yet to make a significant impact.
He averages 1.8 shots per game – the joint second-most in the squad with Danny Ings (Nathan Redmond averages 2.3) – however, that is as good as his attacking stats get really, with the player averaging fewer key passes than both Redmond and Ings, fewer dribbles, and having more unsuccessful touches than the rest of the squad, averaging 2.8 per game. Both Redmond and Ings have a goal each, and Ings has also recorded an assist – and they have both played fewer minutes than Adams. (all stats attributed to WhoScored).
There’s no doubt that Adams has the ability in his locker, as the 23-year-old showed the Championship what a player he was. He played every game for Birmingham in the second division last year and amassed an impressive 22 goals (Transfermarkt). It should also be added though that the forward only scored once in his first eight games last term, meaning that he might take a bit longer to get going.
Hasenhuttl is right to continue to back Adams as it is still so early in his Premier League career. The forward will understandably take a while to adjust to this league and his new team, so he shouldn’t be expected to have scored many goals at this stage.
As Hasenhuttl said, Adams brings much more than just goals to this Southampton side. Hasenhuttl mentioned how “he is good against the ball”, which could imply that Adams has been effective at using his pace and ability to press, thus making himself still useful to the team.
Southampton fans – how do you rate Adams’ start to the season? Would you continue to play him? Let us know in the comments section below.
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