Southampton faces a crucial decision regarding the future of 27-year-old Scottish international Che Adams. Currently positioned 4th in the Championship promotion race, the club confronts a dilemma as Adams’s contract expires at the season’s end, raising the possibility of losing him without compensation.
Despite reportedly receiving a contract offer in the summer, Adams has yet to sign, and past talks with Everton for a £12m deal in August did not materialize. As January approaches, Southampton may find it advantageous to capitalize on Adams’s market value.
Considering Adams’s less-than-prolific performance this season, with three goals in 14 games, significantly fewer than top scorer Adam Armstrong, the club might seek alternatives. While Southampton may have anticipated a more consistent goal-scoring record from Adams in the Championship, the reality has fallen short.
The proposition to sell Adams in January becomes more appealing if Southampton can secure a replacement or compensate for his goal contribution within the squad. Despite the potential value Adams could bring to the ongoing campaign, cashing in on his transfer seems prudent, given the less-than-inspiring returns this season.
The return to fitness of Ross Stewart, coupled with Armstrong’s goal-scoring prowess, positions them as potential main contributors, and the funds from Adams’s sale could be redirected toward reinforcing the attacking lineup for depth and competition.
While selling Adams in the January transfer window entails a degree of risk, the unresolved status of his contract and potential external interest make it strategic for Southampton to seize the opportunity to secure a transfer fee rather than risk losing him for nothing in the future.