Che Adams has backed himself to get his first Premier League goal after coming close twice against Sheffield United.
The summer signing from Birmingham City has been unlucky so far in front of goal for his new club, as the 23-year-old both hit the post and saw Dean Henderson make an audacious save to deny him in Southampton’s match against Sheffield United.
Yet despite his unlucky form in front of goal, Adams is still confident that he will soon score his first Premier League goal after speaking to The Southern Daily Echo.
Adams said following the Saints 1-0 win against the Blades on the weekend: “The most important thing is I’m getting into good positions to score goals. Hopefully one will go in for me. As a striker, these things happen, and you’ve just got to keep at it.”
Confidence is seemingly high in Adams despite being unable to find the back of the net. Yet numbers from Understat show that the former Championship star is statistically closer to a goal than many would thing.
With an xG number of 2.46, Adams has the highest figure of out any player in the Saints squad, over double what Nathan Redmond has hit at 1.08 and nearly five times as high as what Moussa Djenepo has managed despite the aforementioned wingers both scoring in the Premier League.
With Bournemouth coming up next for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side at St. Mary’s, scoring against a south coast rival could be the perfect way for Adams to introduce himself to the Premier League, a seemingly likely prediction as the Cherries have been unable to keep a clean sheet at all this season.
With Adams hitting 22 goals last season as numbers from Transfermarkt show, it seems to be that it is a matter of when rather than if the youngster will bag his first in the English top-flight, and the striker believing himself will go far in him reaching that achievement.