The decision to bring Che Adams to Southampton is looking more and more like a masterclass by Martin Semmens, as his market value continues to soar.
The Scottish forward found goals hard to come by at first but broke his duck with a superb effort from the halfway line in the 1-0 win against Manchester City in 2020, and he has looked a far more dangerous player since then.
When he joined the club, Transfermarkt valued him at just £10.8m but a recent increase now sees him valued at £18m, which represents a 67% increase.
While Southampton won’t be looking to sell the 25-year-old anytime soon, they would surely make a comfortable profit on the £15m they paid to sign him from Birmingham if they did cash in, which is undoubtedly a relief when you consider some of the dreadful transfers they have completed in recent seasons, with the likes of Guido Carrillo, Soufiane Boufal, Wesley Hoedt and Mario Lemina being prime examples.
Even when things weren’t going Adams way at the start of his Southampton career, Hasenhuttl was still a big fan of the striker and sang his praises in 2020, saying:
“He is a guy who is one day a little bit frustrated when he sees he doesn’t play but then when the game comes, he shows up immediately and this is fantastic.”
Adams has started this season well, contributing an assist for Adam Armstrong in the opening game against Everton, whilst his deflected effort saw the Saints open the scoring against Manchester United.
After Danny Ings’ exit, the former Sheffield United man may have to step up his goal return this season if Southampton are to be successful, but there is no doubt that his signing will go down as a successful one.
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