James Beattie has tipped Che Adams to become a ‘folk hero’ at Southampton, and his comments should encourage fans. 

The former Saints striker worked with the 23-year-old during his time as Garry Monk’s assistant manager at Birmingham City. 

Speaking to Southampton’s official website, Beattie discussed what Adams would bring to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, and believes that he will endear himself to the club’s supporters rather quickly. 

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Beattie said: 

He’s still quite raw, but technically he’s improving all the time. He’s powerful, fast and he knows where the net is. He’s 23 years old, but in the 15 months we were working together, he probably matured about eight years!

His biggest improvement has been in his mentality and his approach to his football. I think he takes it more seriously now and he understands what he could be. He’s still a little bit shy. He’s not an outgoing sort of person – he will be within the group, but maybe not with everybody around the club.

He’s a good lad – a nice kid – and he’s going to do well if he carries on in the same vein that he’s shown over the last 15 months. He’s a good player. I don’t really like the word ‘potential’, but he’s got all the attributes to become a folk hero here.

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We’re all well aware of how prolific Beattie was for Southampton, and he’s had a first-hand look at just what kind of player Adams is. 

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The former forward helped our new £15 million signing to enhance his goalscoring qualities at Birmingham, and it seems he is only too confident that he will be a success at St Mary’s Stadium. 

Adams has not yet found the back of the net in the Premier League for Southampton but has turned in some impressive performances. He also scored three times in pre-season, impressing plenty of fans.

Whether or not he will live up to the standards Beattie once set at Saints remains to be seen. However, it seems former coaches and supporters alike are all eagerly anticipating what’s to come from Adams.

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