Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins thinks that current manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has pulled off one of the signings of the 2019/20 summer with our capture of former Birmingham City striker Che Adams.
Following the 23-year-old’s arrival from Birmingham for a reported £15million price tag, the striker took only two minutes to make his mark in our recent friendly against SCR Altach and Hasenhuttl was certainly delighted with him as he continues to adjust to life at the club as we prepare for the coming 2019/20 campaign.
With Adkins more than playing his part in our return to the top flight, the Daily Echo have him quoted this week on the topic of Adams, and he feels the youngster will seize his opportunity in the Premier League and delight fans along the way.
“I think everybody has to grasp an opportunity that presents itself. Che has now got a great opportunity at a super club like Southampton as long as he knuckles down and works hard, who from what I can see have a very good manager. There are many young players who have left clubs at an early age and went and played non-league football. Che did that which is very good for his development instead of just playing youth football somewhere. Like everything you look for natural progression. He obviously had a good season last year with Birmingham, scored a lot of goals and caught the club’s eye. As long as he keeps his mindset right and keeps striving to improve, then he has got a great opportunity from what I can see at a really good football club. It’s going to be down to him.”
As you can see from his choice of words above, Adkins is clearly backing Hasenhuttl to deliver the improvement we’ve been desperately needing in recent years, but when it comes to his comments on Adams, having worked with him at Sheffield United, he knows him well and he knows the improvements he’s made since those days (and those improvements he can still make), so it can only bode well for us.
Optimism ahead of the new campaign will only rise given how quickly he’s hit the ground running.