A long-winded transfer window fuelled by rumours linking Che Adams with a move away from Birmingham City, including this one from The Mirror, eventually ended in the best possible manner for the playoff-chasing side.
Adams, unsurprisingly, has attracted his fair share of media attention in recent months. Players who score goals for fun in the Championship naturally draw interest from goal-shy top-flight clubs and Adams has proven no exception to the rule this season.
The 22-year-old has been in electric scoring form and his performances have been a key reason behind Garry Monk’s success, with Birmingham threatening to break into the top-six of late.
Adams has been the talk of the town in recent weeks and the club’s former player, Paul Devlin, has weighed in with his own assessment of the rising star, per Birmingham Mail.
“But in the long-term, he is 22, the kid is only going to get better.
“You would have to think he will get at least 20-25 goals this season if he carries on the form he is in.
“And then who knows? It might be impossible for the club to keep him at the end of the season if they get a ridiculous bid for him.
“Anyone that scores 20-plus goals in the Championship there is going to be a lot of interest in, especially with him being a home-grown young kid as well.”
While Devlin is understandably reluctant to plaster the writing on the wall for Birmingham fans, Adams’ form suggests he could leave for a bigger challenge in the summer window.
As Devlin has alluded to, Adams has everything a top-flight club could ask for in a potential centre-forward acquisition: he is home-grown, has plenty of scope for development and a clinical record in front of goal.
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If we are to assume that a continuation in Adams’ form will ultimately result in his sale, then the powers that be at Birmingham should already be working diligently to form a contingency plan.
Losing him would undoubtedly represent a short-term blow but, if the club prepare for his departure effectively, it could actually provide them with the financial resources to clinch promotion.
Lukas Jutkiewicz may not be on the same level as his teammate, but he possesses a decent level of firepower so Birmingham would not be completely devoid of quality in the centre-forward position following Adams’ departure.
If Monk could use the money from the sale to sign another decent goalscorer and a handful of strong players to bolster his strength in depth, he would be well placed to lead his side to promotion.
With Adams in sensational form the Blues boss may yet be able to help Birmingham sneak into the play-offs this season, but the sale of the club’s talisman could facilitate the squad revamp which is needed to challenge for automatic promotion in the 2019/20 campaign.