Injury Issues For Saints Might Open A Door For Adams
Wednesday, 25th Dec 2019 09:17
Che Adams has only played a bit part in the last couple of months but as the games come thick and fast and injuries hit hard to the squad, this might offer an opportunity for the striker.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has reported that he has several doubts through injury for the visit to Chelsea and going forward.
“I have one big issue with Shane Long because he slipped last weekend and has a little knee injury.
“He couldn’t train today [Tuesday] and it doesn’t look very good [for Chelsea].”
Moussa Djenepo, who continues to struggle with a hamstring injury is also said to be out of contention although the manager has better news elsewhere.
“Moussa is still too early for him to play against Chelsea, Kevin [Danso] was ill but was training today [Tuesday] for the first time with the team.
“The good thing is Pierre [Højbjerg] got hit on his knee but has recovered very well so could train.
“Yan [Valery] is still out, but Sofiane [Boufal] is better and could train without an injection so is an option for Thursday.”
The main issue though is Shane Long who has played a vital part in recent weeks and although he has failed to score, he has created and made chances for others, his ability to hold the ball up and draw fouls has been instrumental in Danny Ings good form and it is no coincidence that Ings scoring run has flourished since Long has played alongside him in the past couple of months.
But if Long is unavailable on Boxing Day then it could open the door for Che Adams who has not started a Premier League game since the defeat to Bournemouth 3 months ago, since then he has had little meaningful game time in the Premier League with most of his appearances off the bench being 2 to 3 minute cameo roles to run down the clock with a the odd 10 minutes or so mixed in.
Adams has become the forgotten man and rumours persist that he may be shipped out on loan with several Championship clubs interested.
But Saints know they are short on genuine forward options when injuries kick in so i suspect that with defenders being their priority in the January transfer window, they will prefer to keep Adams in the squad.
In fairness to Adams, in the early part of the season he played his part in both of our wins back then as well as several other games, but he couldn't find the back of the net, it was bad luck more than poor finishing and he always seemed to find the goalkeeper in good form.
Strikers need luck and often they find their form after something happens beyond their control, sometimes that is a lucky ricochet or a goalkeeping mistake gifts them a goal, but also injuries to others can open the door.
So with attacking options thin on the ground due to injuries Adams could get his chance to step up to the plate and he might just relish the opportunity to finally get his Saints career going.
It might not be at Chelsea, Ralph Hasenhuttl might opt to go with one up top for this game, but for the two home games he is likely to be more adventurous and this is where Adams could well get a chance.
Che Adams is not the first Saints attacker to have a slow start to his career at St Mary's, both Jay Rodriguez and James Beattie are testament to the fact that you can start badly and go on to have great careers at the club.
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