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Could this youngster be the difference that Watford’s attack needs?



Che Adams has high potential, but this season was a bit of a struggle at times.

Birmingham underwent a season of significant change with three managers and a relegation dogfight which was only settled on the final day. However, they managed to survive with a 3-1 victory over Fulham making sure of that.

They now have exciting times ahead of them with Garry Monk in charge because he managed to win five of his 11 games in charge even though he wasn’t able to make any changes due to coming in when the transfer window was closed. His tactical knowledge and motivational ability have been key in producing results with players such as Che Adams benefiting from that.

Adams played in 30 league games with a return of five goals and two assists. However, it should be noted that three of the goals and the assists came during Monk’s tenure, so the benefits of a manager that can get the best out of him are clear for all to see.

His creativity is shown by the 18 chances he created during those matches, so he is able to work as the creative link between the midfield and the other striker in the final third, although he is not a playmaker in his own right. However, he could be used as a shadow striker, which adds to the number of roles he could be used in.

He averaged 1.6 shots per game, which isn’t high, but compared to his goals tally, he needs to work on his conversion rate if he wants to be a serious goalscoring threat. His average of 1 dribble per game shows that he can make his own opportunities as well as aiding the team’s general progression up the pitch.

Watford could use him to sit just behind one of their strikers such as Troy Deeney or Andre Gray because he would be adept at playing off them. They already have creative players who excel in advanced areas such as Richarlison and Roberto Pereyra, but Adams would offer something different and his potential suggests that he could be an excellent player in the Premier League in the long-term.