Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of the game against West Ham on Sunday, with Che Adams set to miss the trip to the London Stadium.
It was confirmed by Hasenhuttl earlier in the week that the Scotland international picked up an ankle knock in the defeat to Leeds on Tuesday and will therefore miss today’s match against the Hammers, although he is expected to be fine for the European Championship this summer.
Whilst Southampton are seeking to finish as high as possible with three points against David Moyes’ side, the hosts can secure a Europa League spot with victory against the Saints, so the Irons boss will surely be relieved that one of Southampton’s most in-form players is set to miss the game.
The former Birmingham City striker impressed for Southampton in recent wins against Fulham and Crystal Palace, with two goals and an assist to his name, whilst his partnership with Danny Ings up front has once again been bearing fruit.
Only Ings has scored more goals for Southampton than the 24-year-old in the Premier League this season, with Adams’ nine goals and five assists in 2020/21 a vast improvement on the four goals and two assists he managed last term.
After struggling to net his first Southampton goal, he finally broke his duck with a superb long-range effort in a win against Manchester City towards the back end of last season. He took that confidence into the start of the new campaign, with four goals and four assists in the opening 13 Premier League games this term.
This led Hasenhuttl to suggest that the striker had gone from “zero to hero” at Southampton due to his role in their impressive start to the current campaign.
Therefore, it is a big blow from Southampton’s point of view to lose him ahead of the final game of the season, whereas West Ham will surely be relieved that he won’t be fit to play.