The Birmingham Mail reports that Newcastle United are ready to do battle with fellow Championship promotion contenders, Birmingham City, over Sheffield United’s Che Adams.
Twenty year-old Adams has made over 50 appearances for the Blades as well as two for England Under-20s. The youngster has a dynamic style with plenty of pace. His biggest asset is his strength, praised by former managers as being difficult to shake off the ball.
Sheffield United are not keen on selling the player but seem resigned to the fact that he will. Assistant manager, Alan Knill, told the local media ahead of this week’s pre-season friendly with Derby County:
“He’s still our player and, if he doesn’t go, then we want him to be able to play the way we want. So he has to play, he has to be involved.”
Rafa has made no secret of his desire to strengthen the attack and midfield; Adams has the ability to play in both positions and despite playing the deeper role for Sheffield United, has a passable record of a goal every four or so games.
The only question mark must be whether Adams is ready for Premier League football? It will be a step up to the Championship this season if he moves, and another one next year to the top flight. Is that one step too far?