Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to react after The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent Phil Hay revealed the latest news on Che Adams’ potential move to Elland Road.
Hay details that, despite Ralph Hasenhuttl wanting the striker to stay, Southampton’s hierarchy are more open to allowing the 23-year-old to depart St Mary’s if Leeds pay a £1m loan fee as well as an obligation to buy Adams for ‘more than £10m’ at the end of the season.
“Hasenhuttl wants Adams to stay, saying on Friday that Southampton would “need him in the second half of the season”, but The Athletic understands Southampton’s hierarchy are more open to letting Adams go, for a loan fee of £1 million and an obligation to sign Adams permanently for more than £10 million at the end of the season. Leeds are ready to meet those demands and Adams, who is keen to take the move to Elland Road, has been considering forcing the issue himself by informing Hasenhuttl of his desire to leave.”
As aforesaid, Hasenhuttl wants the forward – who cost Southampton £15m back in the summer – to stay and said that he “needs every player”. However, it appears that those at boardroom level on the south coast have different ideas to the Austrian if Marcelo Bielsa’s side meet their requirements.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl asked by @AdamBlackmore if there’s are any way Che Adams can go on loan: “No. Absoluty no because we need every player. Not only just because of injury…but he can help us. Even though he hasn’t scored he played a v good game v Chelsea.” #lufc pic.twitter.com/tYNamVS27y
— Adam Pope (@apopey) January 9, 2020
Hay also adds that Leeds are ready to meet Southampton’s demands, and that Adams – who is keen on the move – has considered forcing the issue himself by informing Hasenhuttl of his desire to leave.
Let’s see what the Southampton fans on Twitter thought of Hay’s update…
This just seems mad. The whole reason our club has been in trouble because we spend millions on players who then get loaned out because they don’t settle/perform. Give Che time! If he does go, it has to be for the whole amount we paid.
— Babalex (@BaBalex) January 12, 2020
— MH26 🏴 (@Matty_Homer) January 12, 2020
These two fans began the discussion by using two hard-hitting adjectives to describe Hay’s update – “mad” and “ridiculous”.
‘Babalex’ demanded that Adams is given time, but also added that, if he does end up leaving, it has to be for the “whole amount” that Southampton paid – so £15m.
Che Adams will not be departing this winter. Ralph loves the kid and his performances lately have drastically improved even if he has yet to score a goal. Throw in lack of striker depth and this moves makes absolutely no sense at all for Southampton. #SaintsFC https://t.co/YcFdnhBS99
— Robert Molnar (@LWOSRobMolnar) January 12, 2020
Elsewhere, Robert said that this move “makes absolutely no sense at all for Southampton” while also mentioning that “Ralph loves the kid” and that Adams’ performances have improved lately even if he is yet to score.
Surely these Che Adams rumours aren’t real? Ralph was so open about wanting him to stay. Few “itk accounts” that have previously been reliable say the deal is pretty much done. Odd. #saintsfc
— Andrew (@andrewsaintsfc) January 12, 2020
Furthermore, Andrew stated that this news is “odd” and said that “surely” these rumours aren’t real – it seems as if this particular supporter is dumbfounded by Hay’s update.
This is crazy. He has only been with us 6 months.
— Pat Welch (@huggins1) January 12, 2020
If true, (and that is a big if), that would be daft for so many reasons. He needs to be kept and coached. He showed in in yesterday’s game in that set up for the second goal how valuable he can be on the pitch. As stated before he seems to be happy when playing in a winning team
— Raz (@RazS1) January 12, 2020
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Lastly, “crazy” and “daft” were the adjectives on display from Pat and Raz respectively, who both seem shocked with this update.
Pat mentioned that Adams has only been at the club for six months, while our final fan Raz said that the Southampton No.10 “needs to be kept and coached” .