Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has insisted Che Adams is still far from the finished article despite emerging as one of the most exciting young talents in the Football League, writes James Shield.
Adams enters tonight’s game at Peterborough searching for his third goal of the new season after scoring twice against Chesterfield last weekend.
The teenager, who just nine months ago was playing non-league football for Ilkeston, attracted interest from the likes of Newcastle and Sunderland before moving to Bramall Lane but Adkins said: “Listen, Che is still raw, he’s a raw young talent.
“I’ve never had any fears about playing young players. Our track record elsewhere shows that.
“Yes, we know he’ll make mistakes and then we’ll help him learn from them. We want to develop youngsters and we’ll give them the opportunities.
“Che will be provided with the right platform, the same as everybody else, to improve his game. But we won’t put too much pressure on him.”
Despite that pledge, Adkins, previously of Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading, has no qualms about confronting the expectations of a squad he nevertheless describes as “a work in progress.” United were beaten 4-0 by Gillingham on the opening day of the campaign but enter this evening’s contest hoping to record their third straight win.
“We’re Sheffield United Football Club,” Adkins said. “My expectation, our expectation, is that we want to get promoted this season.
“But it’s how we respond, how we stick together when things don’t go our way. People learnt lessons from that this week I think. They’ve shown the right attitude and that’s absolutely key because it’s about the group.”