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Top facts about Che Adams, Southampton Striker

Mon 20 June 2022 | 6:30

Scotland striker, Che Adams, has risen from England's seventh tier to Premier League within only nine years. Read on to find out more facts about Che Adams.

Ché Zach Everton Fred Adams

(born July 13, 1996) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker for

Southampton

in the Premier League and for the Scotland national team.

Che Adams’ age

is 25.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he started his professional career with Oadby Town and Ilkeston in non-league football before joining Sheffield United in the Football League in late 2014.

Before joining Championship team Birmingham City in August 2016, he made 47 League One appearances. He went to Southampton in July 2019 after three seasons with Birmingham.

In 2015, Adams represented his home country of England at the under-20 level. By ancestry, he is eligible for Scotland, and he made his senior debut in 2021. He made history by being the first non-white player to play for Scotland in a major tournament final at UEFA Euro 2020.

Adams, who was born in Leicester, began his football career with Highfield Rangers, a local amateur club. He was transferred to Coventry City Youth Academy at the age of seven, and he was released in 2010 at the age of fourteen.

He later played for Leicester's St Andrews FC. prior to joining the Oadby Towns youth team in 2012. After only a few months, he was promoted to the men's team.

Adams, 16, scored five goals in 33 appearances in the United Counties League, England's ninth-tier division, during the 2012/13 season. In 2013, he joined Ilkeston FC's youth team in the seventh-tier Northern Premier League.

Top facts about Che Adams:

On 13 October 2013, Che Adams made his debut for Ilkeston Town against Stocksbridge Park Steels. On April 5, he scored his first goal against Ashton United.

Che Adams early life

Regarding

Che Adams’ childhood

, it should be mentioned that he was raised up in Leicester, where he played football with Highfield Rangers as a kid.

He enrolled in Coventry City's youth program at the age of seven and was dismissed at the age of fourteen. He then joined Oadby Town in 2012 after playing youth football for Leicester team St Andrews.

Adams began his career with the club's youth squad before quickly progressing to the main team; during the 2012–13 United Counties League season, the sixteen-year-old made 33 appearances for Oadby, 27 of which were in the starting eleven, and scored five goals. There is no information available regarding

Che Adams’ parents

.

Che Adams personal life

Che Adams has been in a long-term relationship with the beautiful Amelia Kate. Adams and Kate started dating back in 2018, as far as we know and they have been together ever since then.

Amelia Kate was born on January 31. She is around 26 years old. They like to keep their information private and away from the cameras. Che frequently posts pictures of his girlfriend on Instagram, especially on special occasions like birthdays and Valentine's Day.

Che Adams professional career

An important fact about Che Adams is that he signed a one-year contract with Ilkeston Town following strong performances early in the 2014/15 season.

In the following games, Adams demonstrated that he was too strong for English provincial football, and 45 scouts were already sitting in the stands at the New Manor Grounds at the end of October 2014 to watch Adams play. He already had nine goals and eleven assists at the time.

Che Adams club career

Adams accepted a scholarship with Ilkeston's academy, where he helped his club win their part of the Football Conference Youth Alliance and advance to the FA Youth Cup's second round proper in 2013–14.

Ilkeston

In the Northern Premier League, he was also a first-team player. On the 13th of October, he made his debut as a late substitution in a 3–2 victory away at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

After an impressive start to the 2014–15 season, in which he was introduced after 64 minutes of the second match of the season and "scare[d] the life out of Stourbridge for the remainder of the game" as he provided two assists and was fouled for a penalty, Adams went on to score twice against Trafford in the following match.

Sheffield United
Sheffield United

of League One fought off interest from teams in higher levels to sign Adams on a two-year contract on November 14, 2014.

Officially, the sum was undisclosed, however the Sheffield Star described it as a six-figure deal, and the Ilkeston club acknowledged "a considerable up-front payment in non-league standards – plus a percentage of any sell-on charge."

An important fact about Che Adams is that he made his professional senior debut in a 1–0 home win against Southampton on December 16, replacing Jamal Campbell-Ryce at halftime as United advanced to the League Cup semi-finals.

In a 1–1 tie with Walsall at Bramall Lane four days later, he earned both his first professional start and his first Football League appearance.

Adams came on for Campbell-Ryce after 74 minutes of the League Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane on January 28, 2015.

He scored his first goals for Sheffield United five minutes later, scoring two goals in under two minutes that would have sent the game to extra time if

Christian Eriksen

had not scored in the 88th minute for Tottenham Hotspur to win 3–2 on aggregate.

Adams played 10 times for Sheffield United, who finished in the League One play-off positions. He came on for the last five minutes of the play-off semi-final second leg away at Swindon Town on 11 May and equalized for a 5–5 draw, but his club lost 7–6 on aggregate.

Adams made his league debut on August 15, 2015, scoring both goals in Sheffield United's first win of the season, a 2–0 victory against

Chesterfield

at home. He signed a new three-year contract with United ten days later, with the option of an additional year.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he scored twice in the first half of a 3–2 victory against Rochdale on 10 October, and ten days later he scored a brace in a 3–0 win over Fleetwood Town, opening the scoring just 54 seconds.

On 5 December, in the second round of the FA Cup, he was sent off for a foul on Liam Kelly in a 1–0 victory against Oldham Athletic.

Adams established himself as a regular in the lineup, partnering striker Billy Sharp, but manager Nigel Adkins benched him in March 2016 for not working hard enough in training.

He quickly returned, scoring 12 goals in 41 games in all competitions, including 11 goals in 36 League One matches, and was voted Young Player of the Year by the Sheffield Star.

Birmingham

An important fact about Che Adams is that he played in Sheffield United's first match of the 2016–17 season amid much transfer speculation, but an offer from Championship team Birmingham City was approved soon after, and he signed a three-year deal with the club on August 8, 2016.

The sum was not published, although the Sheffield Star stated that it was in the region of £2 million, and that United had rejected down offers for £1.2 million and £1.7 million.

The deal's publicity caused problems for the Ilkeston club: creditors believed Ilkeston would benefit by £300,000 called in their debts, and when no payment was made right away, the Northern Premier League suspended the club until the debts were paid, causing the club's first four league matches to be postponed.

In a 1–1 draw away to Wigan Athletic on August 16, Adams made his Birmingham debut as a second-half replacement.

He started the next match, four days later at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and scored with a low angled shot over the goalie; he lasted 61 minutes, by which point Birmingham manager Gary Rowett said he "looked like he had run out of steam," and Birmingham went on to lose 3–1.

He scored twice more in the first half of the season, both coming off the bench, to secure a draw against Preston North End in September and a determined late victory against

Bristol City

in November.

In December, he returned to the starting eleven for a 4–0 loss against Newcastle United, in which his hesitation in a defensive position contributed to the second goal, but he was sent to the bench for the next match, after which Rowett was fired.

The Birmingham Mail said that the owners were "disappointed" that some of Rowett's signings, including Adams, were not starting matches on a regular basis.

Adams scored his first goal in three months in a 1-0 defeat at Preston in mid-February, and played a key role in Birmingham's 2-1 victory against Wolves a few days later.

Rowett's replacement, Gianfranco Zola, had seen the player's talent from the start but wasn't sure where he should play.

As the team's performance deteriorated, Zola experimented with formations and players, rotating Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz as lone strikers, and for a brief period after Clayton Donaldson returned to health, Adams was not played at all.

An important

fact about Che Adams

is that he began the game against Brighton & Hove Albion, just behind Donaldson, and scored a goal that he and the Mail both thought would keep him in the lineup.

With three games remaining in the season and relegation seeming more imminent, Zola resigned, and

Harry Redknapp

was appointed in his stead. Adams was fouled for a penalty that Jutkiewicz missed in the last encounter, at home to Huddersfield Town, and was subsequently sent off after 23 minutes for a two-footed challenge.

Birmingham still won, and the red card was overturned on appeal, allowing him to play in the last match of the season, an away match against Bristol City, which Birmingham needed to win to ensure their survival.

After 16 minutes, Jutkiewicz found Adams, who held off the defense and scored the game's lone goal with a low shot past the goalie.

He played in 40 of the club's 44 league games, scoring seven goals, far shy of the 15 he had set for himself, but his overall performance – he also made three assists and won "almost twice as many" penalties – earned him the club's Young Player of the Season title.

During the summer transfer window, Adams was the subject of a lot of speculation. It was believed that Derby County, led by Gary Rowett, had a £3 million deal turned down, and that Fulham had made two offers, the first for £5 million and the second for £10 million on deadline day.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he signed a five-year deal with better terms in September. On the pitch, Adams started the 2017–18 season with his first senior hat-trick in the EFL Cup against Crawley Town.

He hurt a hamstring in his next match, then a month later, he injured his other hamstring in his return match.

On the 13th of October, he returned to the club to help Steve Cotterill get off to a winning start as Birmingham manager against league leaders Cardiff City at home.

Adams' kick to an opponent's head while trying a defensive clearance, according to Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, should have resulted in a penalty.

Following Adams' game-winning goal against Nottingham Forest in November, Birmingham assistant manager Lee Carsley commended his finishing while also telling him that he needed to get into more goalscoring opportunities.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he was out for the most of December due to yet another hamstring injury, and when he returned, Cotterill mostly utilized him off the bench.

With the squad floundering at the bottom of the standings, Cotterill was replaced as manager by Garry Monk, who started both Adams and Jutkiewicz in a 4–4–2 formation.

Adams' red card against

Bolton

, which was not reversed on appeal, broke the partnership, but he recovered to deliver the assist for Jacques Maghoma's winning goal against Sheffield United and a goal in the last match against Fulham to ensure Birmingham's survival.

He was Birmingham's highest scorer this season, although only scoring 9 goals, including a hat-trick against Crawley. He elected to fill the empty squad number 9 ahead of the next season.

Adams, who was still partnered with Jutkiewicz, had a sluggish start, scoring both goals in a 2–1 victory away to

Leeds United

but only had three goals by mid-October.

He then went on a tear, accumulating eleven by the middle of December. The increasing bond between the two was underlined by Monk.

Adams credited his improvement to intensive coaching from former striker James Beattie, improved fitness training that allowed him to remain strong late in a game, and a reminder from the manager before the trip to Leeds that "he wanted that fire in my belly and just be hungrier and be a nuisance for other people."

"It comes with growing up, he's got more of that steel about him and wants to physically force himself on opponents, and you can see that difference," Jutkiewicz says.

In January, there was a lot of interest from Premier League clubs, but Birmingham didn't want to sell, and no offer was considered good enough to force them to sell because the player couldn't be replaced or loaned back due to signing restrictions imposed by the EFL due to the club's profitability and sustainability (P&S) violations.

The biggest reported offer was £12 million from Burnley. The Times speculated that the reluctance to sell was a more serious violation of the P&S standards.

By the conclusion of the transfer window, he'd scored 15 goals, and another six in February had made him the first Birmingham player to achieve 20 goals in a season since Steve Claridge in the 1994–95 Second Division-winning season, which earned him EFL Championship Player of the Month.

"Adams has brought consistency, work rate, and team play to his game this season," according to the award citation.

An important

fact about Che Adams

is that he was chosen to the EFL's Championship Team of the Season and was nominated for Championship Player of the Season with Teemu Pukki of Norwich City and Billy Sharp of Sheffield United.

Despite a goal slump in March, Adams completed the season as Birmingham's leading scorer with 22 goals, all of which came in the Championship.

At the club's presentation night, he won both the Players' and Supporters' Player of the Year Awards, though Jutkiewicz came close to winning the supporters' award, and his goal in a 3–3 draw with Swansea City in January was named Goal of the Season – he "curled in a beauty from 20 yards" as Birmingham came from behind to take the lead.

Southampton

Adams signed a five-year deal with Southampton on July 1, 2019, for a rumoured cost of £15 million. Adams made his Premier League debut against

Burnley

on August 10th, losing 3–0.

After being linked with a January 2020 loan move to Leeds United as a replacement for Eddie Nketiah, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said that he wants Adams to stay in the club's plans.

Southampton rejected a third bid for Adams on January 22, 2020, with Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa making Adams his top goal. The offer (believed to be a loan fee with the option to purchase Adams permanently for £20 million) was rejected.

In a 1–0 win against

Manchester City

on July 5, 2020, Adams scored his first goal for Southampton, a 40-yard strike looping over the goalie.

Two weeks later, he scored his second goal in a 2–0 win against AFC Bournemouth to seal the victory.  On July 26, 2020, he scored twice in Southampton's 3–1 win against his previous club Sheffield United in the season finale.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he scored his first goal of the 2020–21 season in a 3–3 tie with Chelsea on October 17, 2020. His second came in a 2–0 win against Everton a week later.

He scored in a 2–0 victory against Newcastle United on November 6. He scored against Sheffield United again in December 2020, assisting Southampton to a 3–0 win.

Adams was accidently kicked in the head by Craig Dawson during a game against West Ham United, and he missed Southampton's match against Liverpool due to concussion.

Adams scored three goals in three games against Sheffield United, Manchester City, and Brighton & Hove Albion on March 6, 2021. Adams also scored three times for Southampton, first in a 3–1 win against

Crystal Palace

on May 11, 2021, and then four days later in a 3–1 win over Fulham.

On October 26, 2021, Adams scored his first goal of the 2021–22 season in the EFL Cup, however Southampton were knocked out as Chelsea won 4–3 on penalties.

His first Premier League goal of the season gave Southampton a 1–0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road four days later, and he was nominated for Goal of the Month for October.

On November 20, Adams scored in a 2–1 loss to Norwich City and a 2–2 tie with Leicester City on December 1. After testing positive for COVID-19 on December 28, Adams was unable to play Tottenham Hotspur; the test result was received by Hasenhüttl at 10 p.m. the night before the game.

Che Amads international career

Adams was eligible to represent England, his home nation, as well as Antigua and Barbuda (his father was from Antigua) and Scotland, via his maternal grandmother.

In October 2014, he was asked to join the Antigua and Barbuda team for Caribbean Cup qualifiers, but he rejected.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he was selected to England C, the semi-professional side that represents the country, for an International Challenge Trophy match in November, but he became ineligible when he signed with Sheffield United.

In early September 2015, he was called up to the England U20 team for two matches against the Czech Republic.

He made his debut in a 5–0 triumph against St George's Park on September 5, replacing Tyler Walker for the last 17 minutes, and started the next match, a 1–0 loss.

Adams was asked by the Scottish Football Association in 2017 to play for Scotland U21 and then for a senior friendly in November, but he was unwilling to commit at the time.

Adams pledged his allegiance to Scotland in March 2021, refuting allegations that UEFA Euro 2020 was his primary motivation, and was called up for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel, and the Faroe Islands.

On March 25, he made his Scotland debut as a second-half replacement against Austria, and six days later scored his first goal in a 4–0 win against the Faroe Islands.

Adams was nominated to the 26-man team for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which has been postponed. He started all three of Scotland's group matches, and he became the first non-white player to participate in a major tournament final for the Scotland men's senior squad.

Che Adams style of play

Adams' previous club

Ilkeston

manager Kevin Wilson characterized Adams as possessing "a lot of speed, but he's also incredibly strong," adding that "his finest strength is his ability of turning games in the blink of an eye."

Some more facts about Che Adams:

Ché Adams signed a two-year contract with Sheffield United in the Football League One third tier on November 14, 2014. He had offers from Premier League clubs as well, but he ultimately chose the Blades. It was agreed that the transfer fee would not be disclosed.

He made his Sheffield FC debut on December 16, 2014, as a half-time substitute in the League Cup quarter-finals against Southampton FC. Sheffield advanced to the semi-finals after winning the game 1-0.

Four days later, Adams made his league debut against Walsall FC, which he was given the opportunity to start.

The first leg of the League Cup semi-final against

Tottenham Hotspur

was lost 1-0 away. Adams equalized in the second leg at Bramall Lane just three minutes after coming on in the 74th minute. He made it 2-1 just two minutes later and was able to turn the game around.

Christian Eriksen scored in the final seconds to tie the game at 2-2, and Sheffield were eliminated from the cup. Adams appeared in 13 competitive games for Sheffield during the 2014/15 season.

He scored his first league goal for Sheffield United the following season, in a 2-0 home win over Chesterfield FC on 15 August 2015.

He signed a new three-year contract with the Blades ten days later. He also had two goals against AFC Rochdale and Fleetwood Town.

Throughout the season, he rose to become the undisputed starter in the top striker position. He finished the season with 12 goals and five assists in 41 appearances and was named Sheffield's Young Player of the Year by the Sheffield Star newspaper.

Despite widespread transfer speculation in the media, Adams started Sheffield's first league game of the 2016/17 season. Following the game, however, Adams' transfer to Birmingham City in the second division was announced.

The striker's transfer fee was estimated to be two million pounds. Adams made his debut for manager Gary Rowett's team on August 16, 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute in a match against Wigan Athletic.

An important fact about Che Adams is that he made his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers the following week. Adams scored the interim 1:0 lead in the 1:3 home loss. Adams established himself as a regular in the Birmingham team during his first season in 2016/17.

Even switching coaches during the season had no effect on his role. In 40 league games, he scored seven goals and assisted on six others. He was named Birmingham's Young Player of the Season at the end of the season.

In the summer of 2017, Adams was being pursued by a number of Premier League and Championship clubs.

Among the offers rejected were a three million pound bid from Derby County, the new team of Gary Rowett, and a five million pound bid from Fulham FC. Fulham increased their offer to £10 million on the day of the deadline, but they were turned down again.

In response to the summer offers, Birmingham extended Adams' contract by five years in September. Adams started the 2017/18 season with his first hat-trick of the season in a 5-1 Cup win over Crawley Town.

However, he injured his Achilles tendon in the next game, and a month later, he injured the Achilles tendon in his other foot. In 33 competitive games, he finished the season with nine goals and two assists. With Birmingham, he narrowly avoided relegation to League One by finishing 20th.

He had a significant improvement in performance the following season, 2018/19. He finally moved to center forward and has scored significantly more goals than in previous seasons.

On 10 November 2018, he scored all three goals for his team in a 3-3 home draw against Hull City, his first hat-trick in league competition. In January 2019, he scored one goal in each of the four league games.

On 2 February, he scored once in his 100th league game for Birmingham against

Nottingham Forest

in a 2-0 home win.

An important

fact about Che Adams

is that he completed another hat trick in a 4-3 away win over Queens Park Rangers. His efforts in February were rewarded with the Player of the Month award. He finished the season as the league's seventh-leading scorer, with 22 goals and five assists.

After three years in the second division, Ché Adams moved to the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, signing a five-year contract with Southampton FC. The club from the south of England paid a fee of 16.7 million euros for the versatile attacking player. On August 10, 2019 (Day 1), he made his Saints debut in a 0-3 away loss to Burnley FC.

Ché Adams was also eligible to play for the Antigua and Barbuda national team due to his Antiguan father. He was invited to join the Caribbean island nation's national team in qualifying for the 2014 Caribbean Cup in October 2014, but he declined. He was called up to England's U-20 national team in September 2015.

He made his debut on September 5th against the Czech Republic, coming on as a second-half substitute for Tyler Walker.

Adams is also eligible to play in Scotland through his mother's parents. He was approached by the Scottish Football Association in 2017 to play for Scotland Under-21s and then the senior team, but he declined at the time.

Adams was first called up to manager Steve Clarke's senior squad in March 2021 for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel, and the Faroe Islands.

He made his debut against Austria on March 25, 2021, as a second-half substitute for Stuart Armstrong in a 2-2 draw. He was called up to the Scottish squad for the 2021 European Football Championship, but did not advance past the group stage.

Che Adams social media

Regarding

Che Adams social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@cheadams_

) with 108k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

He also has a Twitter account (

@CheAdams_

) with more than 43k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Che Adams body measurements

Speaking about

Che Adams body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the player is 175cm and 70kg.

Che Adams net worth and salary

Che Adams net worth

is estimated to be around $8 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.

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