Date: 23rd March 2017 at 2:20pm
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For some reason, I always think that Che Adams is a lot older than he is. Born in just 1996, he is 20 years of age: a good few months younger than Reece Brown. I think because Birmingham City signed Che from Sheffield United and he was bolstered straight into the first team, it is often presumed that he is the real deal. But he is still learning his trade and he is still adapting to the style of play that Birmingham City play.

Having said that, he has met many expectations of mine in particular. I often don’t advocate for players that are young to play every match because I think that they need to be nurtured in a more caring way than players who are at their peak. Younger players are more likely to burn out. But I think that Che could be different. He is a lot more developed than some players. Just look at the likes of Jesse Lingard who plays for Manchester United. He is a lot smaller and has less muscle than Adams. Che has been physically a quick developer which makes the transition to Championship football a lot easier than a player who is still developing.

Due to this extra strength, injuries are less likely to occur meaning that he will be able to play games. With the facilities that professional clubs have these days also means that burn out is much less likely. They can recover well in ice baths and with various physio visits so there is no need to rest players in my opinion even if we did have longer cup runs. The reason I mention this is because the only logical explanation for Che to not start is to rest him. Gianfranco Zola must think that because if he didn’t then Adams would start every game without a doubt.

Che Adams is our best forward. He scores goals, he holds the ball up well, he has pace, he has power. There is nothing that the guy cannot do. But yet Zola seems to insist on rotating players too frequently to the point where relationships on the pitch cannot be formed. Players need a good run of games to hit top form and by playing them on the bench, it means less confidence in the squad especially for younger players. Che Adams is the man who can help us to pick up points. We have been playing okay in certain matches but we just haven’t been able to finish our chances. Yes, Che has missed a few himself but he is always there and he is always putting the defence under pressure. If we don’t utilize him for the next few games then I fear that we will get dragged into a relegation scrap. Again.

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