There is speculation that Eddie Nketia will leave Leeds United in the coming days, and his recall from the parent club Arsenal is reportedly inevitable.
This would leave the club with the case in the January transfer window, and inside the club sources indicated that they would seek a replacement for the striker, and not look exclusively at the team such as Tyler Roberts and a star under 23 Ryan Edmondson,
Names that unexpectedly arose include the highly acclaimed Liverpool Academy graduate Ryan Brewster and the international team of Ireland Troy Parrott in Tottenham.
Most likely, unlike any permanent relocation, another loan will dominate the gossip columns of Che Adams from Southampton, which is considered the “main goal” of United in the January transfer window.
A name that, no doubt, will be familiar to many as a thorn on the Leeds side last season, is all you need to know about the central striker.
Born in Leicester, Adams developed his skills at an early age at Coventry City Academy, but was released at the age of 14 and had to travel a long way to the top.
Starting as a teenager from the amateur local side of Oadby Town, he subsequently received a scholarship with equipment outside the Ilkeston FC league at the age of 17.
Having done well, he was carefully worked out by the Football League clubs and signed a contract with Sheffield United, then in League 1, in 2014. He scored 15 goals in 55 matches over two seasons for the Blades, but soon after Chris went to Birmingham City by Gary Rowett. Wilder took over on Bramall Lane.
It was in Birmingham that he went up to another level, scoring 22 goals in the Championship last season to earn big money in Southampton.
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What he did?
Last season was the first year in which Adams did register on top-level club radar, scoring six more goals than he could have done in the first two seasons in Birmingham.
Leeds had direct experience of how deadly he could be for the Blues last season, as they finished the double championship with an attacker who scored all his goals at home and away.
He struck a double blow when Harry Monk’s servicemen won 2-1 on Elland Road, the first league defeat suffered by Marcelo Bilsa before being again the winner of the match 1-0 at the St. Andrei Spring tournament.
In this form, he was nominated for the Player of the Season Award along with Billy Sharp and, ultimately, the winner of Teemu Pukki, and earned him a move to Southampton for £ 15 million.
Last season championship statistics
Last season Adams beat Leeds three times
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Adams’ goal score was the highlight of last season – only 22. He was the sixth on the list of the best second-level scorers, and now joins those who are ahead of him in higher flight – Teemu Pukki, Tammy Abraham, Neil Mopei, Dwight Gail and Billy Sharp.
He scored an average goal every 170 minutes in the league last season, slightly below average than Nketia (goal every 151 minutes) this season, although with a much smaller sample size, but higher than Patrick Bamford, who average scores goal every 187 minutes. this season, but he showed a goal every 161 minutes in the half-season last year.
This season, Bamford receives an average of 3.3 hits per game, and Adams gets 2.5 hits per game.
Last year, in Birmingham, a 23-year-old received an average of 1.5 key passes (the last pass before a teammate hit), while Bamford averaged just 0.6 this season, although this may be possible explain the differences in the system.
Adams seems to have won by playing along with the physical striker in Lucas Jutkevich, while he would probably have to adapt to the role of a lone striker under Bielsa.
He was unable to score in 15 Premier League matches (eight starts, seven substitution matches) for Southampton.
With Danny Ings in an excellent form of scoring goals, he rarely gets into the first team on the side of Ralph Hassenhutt and could potentially be provided on credit.
There were speculations that the Austrian was not interested in Adams, having decided to draw Shane Long ahead of him, because the Saints saw a recent victory over Aston Villa, although he was given an outcome – his first start in the league from September – in Shock 2-0 to defeat Chelsea in Boxing Day.
What was said
His manager publicly supported him and praised him, although he has since abandoned him.
“This is unbelievable,” Hazenhüttl said back in September, after Adams ran without glasses.
“His first hit (which hit the post) against Sheffield United was fantastic, and he had a really good header.
“He was a little unlucky, and he should strive for this luck for his first goal.
“Everyone looks at him and thinks that he is working so hard that the time will come, and we will help him.”
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