Newcastle have been linked with young Sheffield United striker Che Adams a few times this summer and now there’s news in the Sun that the Leicester-born versatile forward, who has only just turned 20 this month, is a top target of Magpies’ manager Rafa Benitez.
Papiss Cisse has left the club this summer for China and he needs to be replaced, although Newcastle do have Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez and 19 year-old local lad and England U-19 International Adam Armstrong as potential strikers for this season.
Che Adams – 20 year-old Sheffield United striker
But with the transfer market only going to get more expensive as time goes on, Rafa is trying to pick up some top young talent who have vast potential for the future while also plugging some holes in the Newcastle squad.
Adams came through the Youth Academy at Coventry and then moved to Ilkeston in 2013 for one year before joining Sheffield United in November, 2014, with a bevy of clubs from higher divisions at the time trying to sign the then 18 year-old.
In December of 2014 he made his professional debut for the Blades in a 1–0 home victory in the League Cup over Southampton.
Adams didn’t do much in his first season at the Blades – 3 goals in 13 appearances – but last season he scored 12 goals in 40 appearances for the League One club.
So far he has 53 appearances with 15 goals and 5 assists for Sheffield United.
Che has played a couple of times for the England U-20 side and as well as being able to play up front as a striker he can play on either wing too.
He has a lots of pace and his former manager Kevin Wilson at Ilkeston described Adams as follows:
“He has pace in abundance and really powerful too and his biggest asset is that knack of changing games in the blink of an eye”
Just what we need.
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