Leeds target reportedly performs dramatic U-turn on his future after talks

Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Birmingham,...

Che Adams is yet to score a Premier League goal for Southampton with Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United keen to bring him back to the Championship.

Che Adams (10) of Southampton celebrates victory during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton at the King Power Stadium, Leicester on Saturday 11th January 2020.

Southampton striker Che Adams appears to have performed a dramatic U-turn on his future at St Mary’s with the Leeds United target now keen to stay and prove himself on the south coast, as reported by The Mail.

While the doubters have been typically ruthless in their criticism of a man who is yet to justify his £15 million price-tag with a single goal in Southampton colours, it must be said that coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has shown admirable belief in a struggling summer signing.

At the start of the month, the former RB Leipzig boss told the Echo that Adams was still a key part of his plans and the 23-year-old has already started to reward his manager’s faith, setting up Danny Ings’s winner away at Leicester on Saturday with a perfectly weighted through ball.

 

Some 72 hours after the full-time whistle echoed around a despondent King Power Stadium, The Mail reports that Adams has now been convinced to stay at Southampton until the end of the season after holding talks with Hasenhuttl behind the scenes.

This comes as a major blow to Leeds, who had seemingly identified the former Birmingham City talisman as a ready-made replacement for the departed Eddie Nketiah.

Che Adams of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Unlike Nketiah, a lightweight goal poacher, Adams is built like a featherweight boxer and loves to engage in physical battles with opposition centre-halves. And, after netting 22 Championship strikes for Birmingham last season, Adams looked a far better fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s lone-striker system.

The Mirror reported on Friday that Leeds were confident of luring Adams to Elland Road, believing that he was keen to join on loan. But, four days later, is seems they are back to square one.

Che Adams of Birmingham City reacts after claiming to have scored, only for no goal to be given during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Birmingham City at Ashton...

 

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