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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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