Crystal Palace are one of a host of clubs hoping to land Birmingham man Che Adams, who looks odds on to leave St Andrews in the summer, should the Midlanders fail to win promotion to the Premier League.
Capable of playing left, right or centrally in the final third, the 22 year old has been earning rave reviews for quite some time in the Championship, leading all sorts of clubs to start sending scouts to watch him from week to week. If reports are to be believed, Palace will up against some of the league’s biggest hitters when trying to land him but given the potential for first-team football at Selhurst Park, it may not be totally out of the question.
With 19 goals and three assists to his name in league fixtures this term, it’s not difficult to see why there’s such a sense of excitement bubbling away over the youngster. Indeed, his last six matches have brought seven goals, including an all-important hat-trick in Blues’ 4-3 triumph on the road at QPR just under two weeks ago.
He may not be the most physical of frontmen but in terms of an eye for goal, there’s no doubt over his potential. So far this term, he’s notched up an average of 2.16 shots per game, which for someone of his age and experience, shows that he’s more than capable of overcoming the disadvantage he’s been given height-wise (he’s just 5’8) to be a potent attacking force in what is a notoriously physical environment.
Palace won’t be able to get Adams cheap, that ship has long since sailed but if we’re in with any chance of getting him in red and blue, I’d love us to jump at it. Quite how Roy Hodgson would adapt to playing a striker so different in style to Benteke or Wickham is anyone’s guess but I’d like to think that the gaffer is tactically adept enough to accommodate it, should a deal progress well.