According to The Mirror, Manchester United and Arsenal have joined the race for Birmingham’s Che Adams as the striker’s impressive goal-scoring run puts him on the radar of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
The 22-year-old scored eight goals in the six games prior to his side’s 1-0 loss to Bolton last weekend and – had he found the net in that game, he would have levelled with club legend Trevor Francis. Regardless, the former Sheffield United hitman can now add both the Red Devils and Gunners to his list of admirers.
Based on current form, the former seems a far more attractive destination for Adams, but what would be the potential consequences of a move to Old Trafford for the Leicester-born forward?
One of the biggest changes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made since he took the wheel in December is restoring Marcus Rashford to his comfort zone at centre-forward although, in the Norwegian manager’s preferred 4-3-3, it is now difficult to accommodate Romelu Lukaku.
Rashford has found success in 2019 making runs in behind and using his pace to terrify opposition defences – this speed is an attribute he shares with Adams and so it seems that Solskjaer has a clear preference for the type of player he wants to lead his forward line.
While he has been rejuvenated under new management, 25-year-old Lukaku may find he is slowly ushered out the door in the summer – particularly if Adams completes a move to Old Trafford – as he would, therefore, clearly be the wrong kind of striker that Solskjaer wants in his system. That is, if the interim boss stays in charge beyond the end of the season.
One assumes that whatever the Blues demand in exchange for their star striker would hardly be a dent in the United bank – The Times claim he was valued at a modest £22million in January – and so they can add depth up front at little cost while saving their funds for areas in much greater need of heavier expenditure.
Jose Mourinho identified the heart of defence as a weak point in the Red Devils squad and, while it has looked considerably less leaky under Solskjaer, there still remains the lack of a top quality centre-back.
Meanwhile, full-backs Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are also into their twilight years – minimising their outlay on attacking reinforcements would surely mean 90% of the transfer budget can be dedicated to revamping the back four.
The reality, if you’re a young and upcoming Englishman, is that you pretty much have to be playing first team football in the Premier League to qualify for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions considerations and, without wanting to offend Birmingham fans, there is currently next to zero chance of Adams working his way into the squad.
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With Jamie Vardy’s recent retirement from international football, England are somewhat lacking a tenacious, speedy striker to deputise up front and a move to Manchester United is about as high profile as it gets for a young player; perhaps, if he is given the game-time at Old Trafford, Adams can fire his way into the Euro 2020 squad.