If you ignore the context around the first meeting between Southampton and Portsmouth for seven years, the driving rain, the raucous atmosphere and the riot squad hovering ominously in the background, it was still a Premier League outfit against a team sitting 20th in the third tier.
And Che Adams must have been thinking that this was the perfect opportunity for him to finally, finally open his goal-scoring account for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Southampton paid £15 million to sign a winger-turned-striker who scored goals for fun in the blue of Birmingham City last season. But seven games into his Saints career, Adams is still waiting for the floodgates to open and some sections of the fan base are starting to get a little impatient.
After an ineffective display in Friday’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth, the 23-year-old’s reputation has taken another hit despite Southampton tasting the sweet taste of success at Fratton Park for the first time in 35 years, battering their old rivals 4-0.
Adams played the whole 90 minutes in Portsmouth but, by the end of a famous win, his place in the starting XI looked increasingly uncertain – especially with two-goal hero Danny Ings offering a timely reminder of his considerable goal-scoring potential.
can ralph please start ings over adams now??? he’s just a quality above. #saintsfc— ً (@djenepomagic) September 24, 2019
The only thing missing from tonight was a first Adams’ goal for #Saintsfc. Otherwise perfect.— Martin Tooth (@Toothy73) September 24, 2019
I’m sure he will come good but Adams is an absolute passenger at the moment. #saintsfc— Dave. (@Mordwand) September 24, 2019
Not often, if ever, I say this, but bring on Shane Long. Adams is so poor. #SaintsFC— K - NIL FOUR (@nicetrainers) September 24, 2019
Adams reminds me of Ormerod. Loads of hype at previous club then ..... #saintsfc— Andrew Morris (@Andrew_Morris13) September 24, 2019
Adams looks awful. all over the place. Hope he gets a goal soon otherwise not sure how he's going to get in the side.#SaintsFc— Richard Bennett (@r_c_bennett) September 24, 2019
Adams confidence looks short. We're playing with 10. #Saintsfc— Jimmer (⧖) (@JamesDurrant68) September 24, 2019
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