Despite his exploits at the Britannia Stadium though, Adam has been constantly overlooked for the Scotland national team by manager Strachan.
The 30-year-old made his last appearance for the Tartan Army back in 2015, in a friendly encounter against Qatar and it is clear to see that the Stoke star does not feature in the plans of Strachan.
Given Strachan’s reluctance to pick Adam for the national team, it was surprising that the 59-year-old recently bemoaned the fact that Scotland do not possess quality passers at the moment.
In the wake of Strachan’s comments, Adam, who is considered as one of the best distributors of the ball in the Premier League, has understandably been left baffled by Strachan’s complaint and cannot fathom why he has been constantly overlooked for selection in the national team.
The Stoke man told the Daily Mail, “It’s been difficult over the past couple of years. I say it all the time. I don’t understand it. It’s contradictory. You can’t say you want players who want to pass the ball, keep the ball and who play at the highest level and then not have them in the squad.
“It’s difficult because I’m not just a player, I’m a supporter and I’m frustrated because I want to be there. At the moment my face doesn’t fit.
"I’ve had numerous conversations with the coaches and they have said to me that sometimes I’m trying too many hard passes. Well, I’ve got the ability to do it. Let the players express themselves and go and play.
“Mark Hughes trusts me and he finds it hard to figure why I don’t get in either. Listen, everybody has an opinion and that’s fine. But to then come out and say what was said that he wants players to pass it, keep the ball and try to be different."