With Birmingham manager Gary Rowett seemingly keen to make youngster Charlee Adams a key part of his team I take a look at who he is and what he can offer to the team.
Primarily used as a centre mid but capable of putting in a shift out wide as well Adams looks to force his way in to the first team to join fellow academy graduates: Demarai Gray, Koby Arthur, Reece Brown and Mitch Hancox in the senior squad. So far Adams has only appeared once for the Birmingham senior side making a substitute appearance versus Bristol Rovers in 2014 which the blues won 3 – 0. Despite this Adams has placed himself in a great position to become an integral part of the first team by impressing whilst on loan at non-league side Lincoln.
Whilst playing in the Vanarama Conference the youngster from England earned rave reviews for his performances but he is more known for the goals he scored during this time. Whilst playing against Grimsby Adams got the ball outside of the box and the rest is history. You can see the wonder goal here:
Whilst were admiring Charlee Adams shooting ability check this one out too:
So Adams is clearly able to unleash wonder goals on tap and his shooting reminds me of Craig Gardner which is certainly a strong compliment for the 20 year old.
Adams, despite coming through the academy into first team contention, didn’t always plan on his playing career featuring Birmingham City. The young midfielder was originally at London based club West Ham and was a trainee for the hammers but left to join the blues at the end of the 2010/11 season. In May 2013 Adams signed a professional deal with blues who had been struck with injury problems and needed numbers in the squad. He travelled as a reserve option against Brighton but was not required in the end.
I personally feel Charlee Adams is going to be a standout player for Birmingham at some point, but not this season as it’s too soon in my opinion. But I would be raising my game if I was Stephen Gleeson as I saw this youngster chomping at the bit but that’s just my thoughts. The man whose opinion matters over everybody else’s is manager Gary Rowett and this is what he had to say on Adams:
“I think he’s best as a sitting midfielder. He’s got a good range of passing. He just needs to learn a little bit better where to block the game up defensively and where to position himself defensively. But he’s really keen to learn and I think we’ve got an excellent player on our hands. I don’t think he’s too far away now.”
So the manager thinks he is nearly ready for the first team, you have seen what I think but what about you, the reader? Let me know below and as always thank you for reading.