'Got a bit about him': ITV pundits talk up Southampton star on international duty

Sam Preston March 29, 2021
'Got a bit about him': ITV pundits talk up Southampton star on international duty
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Ian Wright and Ally McCoist know what it takes to be a striker who scores goals at international level.

Both men have given their verdict on Che Adams after his recent decision to play for Scotland at international level.

They ran the rule over the Southampton man on ITV’s World Cup Qualifying highlights show after Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Israel last night.

The pair were enthusiastic about the way that Adams will boost his new country’s goal threat with Euro 2020 on the horizon.

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“100 per cent,” said McCoist when host Mark Pougatch said Adams boosts Scotland’s goal threat.

“He’ll harry defences, he asks questions of the opposition defences which haven’t been asked before (by Scotland). Listen, he will play for us and he will score goals. We’re happy with him.

Ian Wright added: “We’re seeing at Southampton he can play with someone else up there and if (Lyndon) Dykes can just recognise his position; get the ball, hold it and keep it in that area for people like Che Adams…

“We’ve seen Che Adams, we know he’s got a bit about him. They might get some more chances.”

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The ultimate goal for Scotland is to beat England on their own patch on June 18.

Having Adams in their ranks boosts their chances of doing that because Dykes and Oli McBurnie are not prolific international strikers.

Adams has the pace and work rate to trouble better defences and he’s got the seal of approval from Scottish hero McCoist now.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.