Southampton’s summer capture of Che Adams for a reported £15million from Birmingham City certainly got fans excited, and club legend, Matt Le Tissier, has been impressed with what he’s seen from the 23-year-old.
Having hit the ground running in the pre-season friendly against SCR Altach, scoring two minutes into the game, Adams’ form over the pre-season campaign has been good with further efforts coming against Guangzhou R&F and Feyenoord.
SCR Altach: 2️⃣
Guangzhou R&F: 1️⃣
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 2, 2019
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s final friendly clash with FC Koln (2-0 win) MLT spoke about our new arrivals to the Daily Echo and he felt that ‘pace’ was now a key strength for us, specifically referencing what he’d seen of Moussa Djenepo at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Adams also featured highly in his thoughts and he backed him to be a success in the top flight, but he felt finding the back of the net quickly in competitive action, was key to that.
“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. 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.”
I would think a return of 15-20 goals would certainly be an achievement for the lad if he could get into that ballpark, but I think most fans would simply be happy with double figures from him given the adjustment period that will be needed.