Birmingham City have been through a lot this season and come out of it in 17th place in the Championship.
Of course, there is no doubt that the set-back did more than just take away nine points from the club. If you look at their season, Garry Monk has done a sterling effort all things considered.
His biggest achievement? Getting Che Adams to play as well as he has this season in becoming the absolute pinnacle of Birmingham City’s attack and indeed the clubs 2018-19 season.
This season, the forward has grabbed 22 goals and four assists for his side averaging a goal every two games. He was amongst the three nominees for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season award – quite the achievement given that his team finished 12 points outside the relegation places.
He is strong, quick, powerful and everything a striker should be. All this and more has left quite a few Premier League clubs interested in the services of Adams.
If the price is right should Monk think about letting his star sticker and top scorer go? And if so, what even is the right price for Adams?
Birmingham do have a slightly ageing squad that needs addressing. They need fresh signings this summer which could all be funded by the release of the fan favourite.
We saw it in Frank Lampard’s first season at Derby. The Chelsea legend sold Championship Golden Boot winner Matej Vydra when Derby were struggling financially to afford the wages of young loan players from Premier League clubs and signings across all areas of the pitch… Derby are now in the play-off semi-final.
Monk is a good manager and would recruit well given the funds… if City received a healthy offer for Adams it should be considered for the benefit of the entire team.
They don’t just rely on the Englishman too. They have another top-quality Championship striker in Lukas Jutkiewicz who was directly involved in 24 goals this season – netting 14 and recording 10 assists – granted most of these assists were finished by Adams.
He is only 22. Adams will only get better which is why supporters might be so keen to keep hold of him. It is also the reason – combined with the fact that he is English – that Premier League clubs might be willing to pay so much for him.
If Birmingham keep Adams and don’t get promoted to the Premier League within the next three seasons, Adams’ price will plummet down and leave them no closer to the Premier League.
If any Premier League club comes in with an offer of £15 million or more, Monk should seriously consider the bigger picture of his transfer.