Date: 24th January 2017 at 10:43pm
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Despite being born in Leicester and having the middle name Everton, Birmingham is where Adams calls home now and he has settled into life really well at the Blues’. After impressing for Sheffield United with a brilliant goalscoring record for such a young and inexperienced player, it was a pleasure to see Birmingham City bring him to the club. He had the pace that we missed with Donaldson and at the time, many thought that he would partner Donaldson or even replace Donaldson as a lone man.

For me, it’s not a case of discussing what his best position actually is because quite frankly, it depends on the players around him and the formation of the team. But from what I can gather Zola prefers to play him in a wider position either as a very loose front 3 or as a winger. I can actually see this working. He has the pace to beat players out wide which is what is missing with the likes of Cotterill and Stewart in my opinion and he can also cut inside and shoot. Something that we have missed since Gray departed. If you want a player that drives at the opposition and really causes unpredictable chaos then Che really is your man and I don’t see any harm in trying considering Maghoma’s DR Congo side are currently doing well in the AFCON at the time of writing.

The only issue I have with this is the fact that we have a severe lack of strikers. Adams did learn his trade as a striker and he knows the role inside out. He has an eye for goal and is selfish which most strikers have to be. However this selfish attitude isn’t a positive on the wing as partnerships are needed more than ever and often the angles are too tight to get a shot off. He also seems to be at his most effective inside the penalty area which he is more likely to be as a striker but if a cross is coming in from the opposite flank, then he will cut inside to get onto the end of it. If we remove Che out of a central position, with Donaldson being injured, it leaves Lukas. Not only does Lukas play best when he has support around him, he also could get injured so we can’t rely purely on Lukas to be the only striker.

If Adams is going to play out wide which I would be happy with. Then we really have to invest in a striker. If this doesn’t happen then we leave a hole which no-one else in the side can fill. So he will have to play a more central role. Furthermore he will have to learn the role of a winger which may take time and we musn’t expect results straight away if this is going to be the case. It will be interesting to see where Frei plays under Zola and whether he could cover the role vacated by Adams. But as he hasn’t played yet, it’s hard to see where Zola will play him.

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6 Replies to “Opinion: Where Is Che Adams Best Position?”

  • Just guessing then? Zola will play a lot of different formations and this is the way the game is now otherwise you become predictable as we did under Rowett. So Adams will play different positions on the pitch and often different positions during a game. It about beating the opposition by exploiting areas of the pitch or putting pressure on the opposition where we see a weakness, and sometimes moving someone from the left to the right or down the middle, deeper or higher up the pitch. Its called tactics, and if you watch a game carefully you will notice every team does this quite a few times in every game.

  • Adams is a good footballer but lacks,imo,tactical awareness. He played well for Sheff.Utd but I don’t see him progressing at Blues. He hasn’t really got a settled position with us purely I think due to his own inability to finish chances or lethal shooting as good strikers have. Play him wide,centre or as a front two and he still lacks that vital necessity -an instinct for a goal.Maghoma adds more but reality is that we urgently need a poacher and I am afraid it will not come from Adams.

  • Adams for me is an unfinished player but is young enough to be honed into top player …His crossing isn’t great to be called Beckham …..His passing isn’t good enough to be called gazza…And his shooting isn’t good enough to be called Rooney …He’s a star in the making …so the coaches need to bring him on …For me the coaching is behind the rest of Europe …There is a shortage of strikers at the moment ..So coaches are hoping to turn wingers into that position …Adams should be a striker for me ….

  • Er best position for Adams – striker of course. We have a few wingers (or started as wingers) at the club and they can probably do the job of winger better than Adams. Nsue, Keita and Cogley started as wingers. Add Cotteril, Frei, Maghoma, VSO and Stewart to that mix and you have 8 players that can play there. Zola signed Nsue and Keita for the full back roles but could play Grounds and Cogley and utilise their pace further forward on the wings. Frei can play either wing so will be interesting to see if the likes of Cotteril and Adams can keep their places. I can see the likes of Maghoma, Stewart and VSO get further down the pecking order and possibly shipped out in the summer.

  • Adams SS-AMC/Striker. Commonly referred to as Shadow striker A striker that plays in attacking midfield just off the front man. Although the Shadow Striker is positioned in the No.10 role typically reserved for a team?s main creator, their primary duty is to score goals rather than supply them.

    They do this by exploiting the space in front of them, making forward runs from a deeper position on the pitch, thus making it difficult for opposition defenders to mark them.

    Consequently, a Shadow Striker must be an intelligent player who is also accomplished in front of goal and able to link up effectively with a more traditional central striker IE Jutkiewicz

    The above is everything Adams has so for me that is his Position.

  • Just want to add Stewart is not a winger he is a roaming playmaker he plays just in front of midfield and should have licence to roam left or right of the front men. he is a better player than he is being given credit for and as not been used infectively since he came to blues. Just ask any Dundee supporter and they will tell you that we will not see the best of him playing out wide.

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