Che Adams keen to ‘kick on’ after fine first season

Che Adams
Che Adams training in Austria.

It was a big move for me (coming to Blues) and I think in the end I did OK. But I will certainly be looking to kick on this season under Harry Redknapp.

Che Adams

The striker made a significant impression for Blues.

After signing from Sheffield United in August, Adams - who turns 21 on Thursday - proved to be a key asset.

He scored seven times, the majority important goals, and emerged as an influential player.

And, of course, he went down in Club folklore by netting the goal that defeated Bristol City and kept Blues in the Sky Bet Championship on the final day of the campaign.

Not surprisingly Adams was named Blues Young Player of the Season for 2016/17.

“I was quite pleased with how it went,” Adams reflected. “I would have liked to have scored more goals and I think I could have contributed a bit more to the whole team.

“But it was a big move for me and I think in the end I did OK. But I will certainly be looking to kick on this season under Harry Redknapp.”

Adams played in various positions across the frontline, including out wide on occasions.

But his best position is up front and down the middle, most notably playing off a strike partner.

There he can use his power and turn of speed to unsettle defences and also get into positions where his ability to finish instinctively can be telling.

“It wasn’t a problem for me where I played,” he told “I wouldn’t say it hindered me (not having a solitary position throughout).

“I viewed it as a challenge, to try and better myself, and also it made sure I was not complacent.

“Obviously there’s a lot of competition in attack and no one is guaranteed to play. That’s got to be a positive for the team.”

Adams has not stopped to think what might have been had he not conjured up that crucial moment at Ashton Gate and then dug in with the rest of his team mates in an increasingly tense and agonising second-half.

“No, not really,” he admitted. “Everything moves so fast you tend not to look back – we’re all looking forward to the new season now.

“Yes it was a memorable day, thankfully for the right reasons. And those last six minutes of added-time were not ideal, they were killing us.

“I could hardly stand it as I had been taken off by then and had to watch.

“But everyone stuck in there and we made sure we kept them out, it was a brilliant effort in very difficult circumstances. We made it hard for ourselves, but we stayed up in the end, which is what it was all about.”

Ironically, Bristol City provide Blues first St. Andrew’s opponents of the new league campaign, on Saturday, 12 August.

It promises to be a competitive encounter as there is certain to be extra motivation as Blues players recounted that Bristol players openly admitted during that May clash that they wanted to send them down.