Cape Town - Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Che Adams is
improving although the striker is still yet to score for his new club.
Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Che Adams is showing signs of
improvement despite the striker still searching for his first goal at
Former England youth international Adams was a big money
signing for Southampton during the summer, as he joined from Championship
outfit Birmingham for a reported £15million.
There was plenty of expectation surrounding Adams upon his
arrival at St Mary's Stadium, as he netted 22 goals in the Championship last
season, with Saints supporters hoping the 23-year-old could solve their own
goalscoring problems, as no Southampton player has reached double figures in
the Premier League since 2016.
However, things have not worked out for Adams just yet, as
the former Sheffield United star is yet to score for his new club and has
recently lost his place to Danny Ings in the starting line-up.
Ings has seized his chance in the first team, scoring five
goals in his last four appearances across all competitions, including a strike
in each of his last three Premier League games.
Hasenhuttl admits the form of Ings has restricted Adams'
chances of late, but the Austrian has been impressed by his goal-shy forward's
form in training and he feels it is only a matter of time before he breaks his
Premier League duck.
"What I can see is that, at the moment, he (Adams) is
more comfortable in the [training] sessions as he scores more," Hasenhuttl
"He works hard and shows that he can be a help for us,
but at the moment, it is difficult for him to come back in the team because
Danny always scores and when we play him as a central striker there is only one
"But I think he is now in a better way, waiting for a
chance, and when he gets that chance, I am sure he will grab it with both
Adams is likely to have to make do with a place on the bench
once again when Southampton entertain in-form Leicester in their next Premier
League match on Friday.
The Saints will head into that contest sitting outside the
relegation zone on goal difference alone, although they did end a three-game
losing streak by drawing 1-1 at Wolves last time out.