'Zero to hero': Southampton boss hails Che Adams work ethic

Lane Dias November 9, 2020
'Zero to hero': Southampton boss hails Che Adams work ethic
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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has heaped the praise on last season’s summer signing Che Adams, referring to the forward as a ‘role model’, according to the Daily Echo.

The striker joined the club from Birmingham on a five-year deal for a reported £15 million fee. However, he was unable to hit the ground running.

Despite providing an attacking-return in the form of an assist in his sixth league start, he had to wait another ten league matches for his second assist.

In fact it took him 25 league games and 30 matches in all competitions, to net his first goal for the club. Although it was worth the wait, with a long-ranged winner in a shock result against Manchester City.

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Adams’ purple patch

He has since gone on to score seven times from his 13 appearances in the league, across both seasons, including three goals in his last four games.

Adams’ last match saw him deputise in the absence of Danny Ings. He scored the opener against Newcastle United on Friday. The Saints went on to win 2-0, a result that at one stage sent them to the top of the Premier League for the first time in their history.

The side currently sit fourth in the table, two points behind leaders Leicester City, who put nine goals against the side last season.

However, since the humiliating defeat, they have been on a resurgence. They went on to finish 11th last term and are now on a six-match unbeaten run.

‘From zero to hero’

Hasenhuttl insisted that Adams epitomised the side’s character since their shortcomings last season, to their impressive displays this term.

He expressed his unwavering trust in the striker and commended him for his drive to improve.

“He’s a role model for the time we went through – from zero to hero at the moment.

“I think we are always believing in what he’s doing.

“I am very happy for him that he can show more and more that he’s a Premier League player – and a very good one.

“And he is still not stopping learning because I think he has a fantastic mentality – like all my players.”

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