Che Adams’ form has dipped significantly in recent weeks for Southampton, which has seemingly been a big factor in their poor run of form, and Ralph Hasenhuttl should now consider dropping the striker from his starting XI.
Adams, who joined from Birmingham City in the summer of 2019, endured a difficult first few months with the Saints last season, before finding his feet after project restart, starting with his impressive goal in the 1-0 win against Manchester City.
The 24-year-old striker continued that form into the new season and started superbly, with four goals and four assists for the Saints in the opening 13 Premier League fixtures.
However, he has now failed to contribute a single goal or assist in his last 10 appearances, with his lack of confidence in front of goal summed up when he missed an open goal in the Saints 2-0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup recently.
Whilst he is unlucky not to have been on the scoresheet against Manchester United earlier this month, when his goal was ruled out by VAR for a ‘clear and obvious’ offside, his recent form has been far from good enough.
Hasenhuttl, therefore, should consider promoting someone such as Daniel N’Lundulu instead of Adams, to make it clear that the Englishman is not guaranteed a starting spot in this team.
Certainly, Adams’ partnership with Danny Ings in the Saints attack has not been evident in recent fixtures and considering N’Lundulu scored on his first start in the win against Shrewsbury, it is perhaps time he replaced Adams in the starting side for more Premier League fixtures.
Last season, Hasenhuttl described Adams as a “hero” after his upturn in form, and he clearly has faith in the striker, considering he sent experienced back-up forward Shane Long on loan to Bournemouth in the winter transfer window, but if Adams’ form doesn’t drastically improve in the near future, he is surely due some time on the bench.