Earlier on today, we covered the news that Crystal Palace are highly unlikely to retain the services of Michy Batshuayi heading into the new Premier League season and with that in mind, it seems as though the Eagles have now set their sights on Birmingham City frontman, Che Adams.
The 22-year-old has been in sparkling form for Blues all season long, bagging 22 goals and four assists since August. Understandably, it’s a record which has drawn the attention of a number of Premier League sides, with Palace thought to be near the front of the queue as they gear up for a potentially hectic summer window.
After being released as a teenager by Coventry City, Adams has enjoyed a meteoric rise back up the ranks and into the national consciousness, with a path from non-league to Sheffield United and then onto St Andrews bringing us bang up to date. Still remarkably young and with what is clearly a very high ceiling potential-wise, the next test of his game would be to shine in the top flight; a task that Palace are reportedly ready to help him achieve.
It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that Birmingham would ideally like to keep hold of their talisman for another season but with the play-offs now well out of reach, it is thought that a bid of £15 million or just over may well prove too enticing for them to turn down, leaving Palace and their scouting team with a decision to make as to how highly that rate Adams’ chances of transferring his form in the Championship to the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Premier League.
I won’t sit here and pretend to have watched anywhere near enough of Che’s game to make a logical assessment of his chances of successfully navigating the jump in class but on the face of things, he seem to have all the attributes necessary to give it a damn good go. Quite how Hodgson would decide to use him given the departure from our current tactical set-up also remains guesswork at this stage but I’d certainly be intrigued to see, should we manage to iron out a deal before competitive football resumes in August.
Keep an eye out for further developments.