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The Rise of… Charlee Adams

Charlee Adams made his league debut and second appearance for Blues on Saturday coming on as an injury time substitute for David Davis. It came just a little over two years after his debut for the club as an injury time sub for Olly Lee in the FA Cup third round.

The Redbridge-born midfielder has been on the fringes of the squad in recent weeks, travelling as 19th man with the squad as cover for late injuries. It was illness that saw him in the squad on Saturday; Jacques Maghoma was forced to pull out of the match due to sickness leaving a space free for the 20-year-old on the bench – and with Blues 3-0 up it was good managerial sense from Gary Rowett to give Adams a taste of the action.

Adams may have benefitted somewhat from Reece Brown’s estrangement from the squad with Brown probably seen to have been more likely to make the jump up to the first team in the past, however Adams is a very different player. While Brown is more the midfield maestro with the vision and range of passing to be a playmaker Adams is more the terrier; a ratter in midfield who isn’t scared of a challenge at the back and who’ll bust a gut to get forwards in support.

I wasn’t surprised his second touch on Saturday was a shot. Adams scored twice while on loan at Lincoln in the Conference with his first senior goal this absolute belter of a volley I think Jon Toral would be proud of – and which was shortlisted in the National Game Awards 2014-2015 as a goal of the season contender.

I have a suspicion Adams could become a useful member of the squad to have in the second half of the season. Blues of late have been playing all three of their more “defensive” midfielders (Stephen Gleeson, Maikel Kieftenbeld and David Davis) in the first XI of late and with the backup for those positions being Jonathan Spector (who also covers right-back and centre-back) and maybe Paul Robinson there is a need for someone on the fringes who can come into the squad if needed to cover. Adams has also played as a centre-back and while I can’t imagine he’ll be brought into that position in the first team it’s always useful to have a bit more versatility on the bench if injuries and/or suspensions do begin to bite.

Adams is contracted to the club until the end of the season but the club do hold an option of a further year. With the under 21s being beefed up somewhat and Adams in his last year of eligibility as an underage player next season there is no better time for him to push further his claims for first team football. Hopefully he won’t have a two-year wait for his third Blues appearance.

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32 Responses to “The Rise of… Charlee Adams”

  • Blues fan says:

    He sounds a like another good promising young player. KRO.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Charlee Adams has that priceless attribute of having a shot in his right foot that is reminiscent of Alan Shearer and Peter Lorimer.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Peter Lorimer definitely had the hardest shot I’ve ever seen… 90mph+ and keepers never stood a chance with penalties at about 100mph. 250 career goals for a non-striker was amazing.

  • swissjonny says:

    What a goal!!! We have always admired hardworking midfield toughies at St Andrews so lets hope his development can continue at a good pace.Looks a bit small-but Archie Gemmil was no giant!!!!

    • Alex T says:

      When the sad day comes that Archie Gemmil passes, that has to go on his tombstone…. ‘Archie, he was no giant!…. assuming he is laid next to Spike ‘I told you I was sick’ Milligan :D

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Some of the best ever players were vertically challenged. A lower centre of gravity made for very skillful, tricky players, with whom the ball seemed to stick at their feet.

        • Richard Granfield says:

          Some of the hardest and strongest players were small….Remember the Leeds trio of Bremner, Giles and Bobby Collins and our own, never to be forgotten, Ray Martin.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Gray. Greatest club side I ever saw. They’d probably still wipe the floor with most Premier League teams today… if they could rein that cynical side in.

  • Walter says:

    Brown is a miles better player but Adams is a miles better professional

  • Cannons to the left of us,,, cannons to the right of us ,,, fantastic KRO

  • ChrisG says:

    Just seen that we’ve been linked with a loan move for Januzai from Man U. I think i’ve got more chance of winning the jackpot on tonites euromillions than Blues have of signing him. But it’s nice to be linked with a player of his quality

  • DaveP says:

    Januzaj? No thanks. Flash in a pan a couple of seasons ago, hardly done anything since, like Macheda.

    Adams is very highly thought of by Rowett apparently, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a few more match minutes in the coming months.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Agree with all that.

    • ChrisG says:

      He’s hardly done anything lately? What Man U players have?. I don’t think he’s had much playing time since Fergie left has he?

      • almajir says:

        He’s been at Dortmund hasn’t he?

      • Waycoolblue says:

        He ant a out and out Goal scorer but his assist rate is fantastic he can play in the number 10 role or on the right/left flanks he likes to play off the striker. OK he didn’t get the playing time at Dortmund but they play a 5-2-3 formation and have better more experienced player to fit in to that complex interchanging set up any player would fined it hard to fit in to. He was only back up for them. I don’t think we would get him he will go to a premiership club. And I also think he is too lightweight for the dog fight of the championship.

  • Seems Boro I trying to get a replacement for Fab.. …

  • Waycoolblue says:

    He has very good Awareness & intelligent on the pitch he is looking stronger looks to have built up some muscle. From looking at him Out on lone he also as a quality distance strike in him witch is a plus. he can play in front of the defence witch is what GR wants from him. But I see him as a ball passer type playmaker there switching the ball to the flanks. Only playing time with the first team will help him now he needs it now if he is going to make a push for a first team regular.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Middlesbrough have this morning have agreed a loan move for “Playmaker” Gaston Ramirez from Southampton.
    This is good news as it should facilitate the departure of Fabbrini to Blues.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I hope Charlee Adams can get some game time under his belt this season, ready for next. I like the fact the lad can shoot from anywhere too. Until Kieftenbeld’s two crackers, the last time we had a player who could score regularly from outside the box was Gardner.

  • .KC says:

    See the Villa have appointed ex Blues assistant and one game caretaker Manager Eric Black as their Assistant Manager.


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