Che Adams

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Che Adams

Birmingham City




Che Adams is an exciting young talent who caught the eye of many scouts with a number of sparkling performances for Ilkeston FC in the 2014/2015 season, having graduated from their Academy side. Prior to joining Ilkeston, Che had starred for amateur sides St Andrews and Oadby Town.

In the first third of the 2014/15 Evo Stik Northern Premier League season for Ilkeston Che scored nine league goals and provided many more assists. This form caught the eye of the Antigua & Barbuda national team, although Che declined the international call up. Che is also eligible to represent Scotland, but on 10th November was formally called up to the England C squad for their forthcoming fixture - but subsequent events would mean that call too went unanswered.

On the 14th November 2014 League One giants Sheffield United fought off competition from a host of other clubs to secure Che's services - a transfer for an undisclosed fee saw Che putting pen to paper on a contract with the Blades which runs until the summer of 2016. The deal was completed before midday, which allowed Che to immediately take his place on Nigel Clough's bench a little more than 24 hours later, as the Blades ran out 1-0 winners away to Doncaster Rovers.

After a number of consecutive appearances as an unused substitute in League One, Che made his professional debut on a remarkable night on 16th December, as he entered the field of play as a half-time substitute in the League Cup quarter-final against Southampton. In front of more than 21,000 fans, Che's impressive debut contributed to the Blades securing a 1-0 win against their Premier League opposition.

Only a few days later - on the 20th December - Che made his full and Football League debut, starting at Bramall Lane against Walsall and playing 84 minutes in a 1-1 draw.

On 28th January 2015 Che's professional career took off to another level; entering the field of play as a 75th substitute against Tottenham in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final Che scored two quickfire goals, both of real quality and in front of the Sky TV cameras. Whilst Sheffield United would narrowly miss out on making a Wembley final, Che's impact reverberated around the domestic game.

As Sheffield United secured a League One play-off berth, Che had made ten appearances in League One, starting on five occasions. After such a remarkable season, it was perhaps fitting it would end on another high note for Che personally, albeit sadly not for the Blades. Entering the field of play in the 85th minute in the second leg of their semi-final against Swindon, Sheffield United were already 5-3 down in an incredible fixture. An assist from Che was quickly followed by a fantastic solo goal, to make the scoreline 5-5 (but with Sheffield United still bowing out 7-6 on aggregate). Che even had time to score what would have been the vital goal, but it was disallowed for a foul. A stunning cameo to end the season for Che, and to set up 2015/2016 for a big year.

After starring in the 2015/2016 pre-season with four goals, Che started the first four League games under new manager Nigel Adkins - scoring a stunning brace in the first home game of the season (a 2-0 win against Chesterfield). This good form was rewarded on 24th August 2015 when Che signed a new, three-year contract with the Blades.

On 27th August 2015, it was announced that Che had been called up by England Under 20 for their forthcoming fixture against the Czech Republic and Che went on to make his international bow playing as an out and out striker (impressing over the 90 minutes, in a 1-0 defeat).

After a short illness, Che returned to Football League action as a substitute on the 26th September, and on 6th October he started against Notts County in the Football League Trophy and scored one goal and won two penalties in a bustling performance. He started the next League game, too, at home to Rochdale and scored two more goals - and a further brace followed against Fleetwood on the 20th October. Che's 7th League goal of the season (and 8th in all) came on the 13th February 2016, the winner away to Doncaster Rovers and on the 5th March he showed great composure to score an injury-time penalty away at Fleetwood Town. His 9th and 10th League goals of the season followed against Crewe and then Chesterfield on 16th April, with his final goal of the season in the next game at Shrewsbury. At the end of his first full season in professional football, Che had appeared 36 times in the League (29 starts), scoring 11 times in the League and 12 in all.

On the 8th August 2016, Che transferred to Championship club Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee.

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