"With The Squad We Have, There Is No Reason Why Southampton Can't Win The League" Says Che Adams
Southampton confirmed the signing of new striker Che Adams on Monday and the 22-year-old already has his eyes on the biggest prize with the Saints, the Premier League title.
On Monday Southampton boosted their strikeforce for next season by confirming that Danny Ings was joining permanently, after his year long loan from Liverpool, and that they'd signed Che Adams from Birmingham City.
Adams has played two seasons in League One and three in the Championship but talking to Southampton's YouTube channel revealed he's already got his eyes on the Premier League title:
Talking about the clubs ambitions Adams said, "Southampton's a huge club. Obviously, we want to win the league. Obviously, it's a lot to ask for.
"But you have to set yourself new targets to hit. And with the squad here that I've seen from last season, there's no reason that we can't (win the Premier League)."
That's quite the change in ambition for the club from the last few seasons. After finishing in the top 10 for four years in a row, from 2014-17, the south coast club have struggled for the last two.
They finished 17th in 2018 and were once again left in a relegation battle last season. A change of manager to Ralph Hasenhuttl changed their fortunes and they survived to finish 16th.
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To go from near relegation to being title contenders the Austrian would have to gain around 60 points on Manchester City and Liverpool, who duked it out for the title last season and are expected to do so again.
And the odds certainly aren't in their favour. Bookies rate Saints as around 1000/1 to win the league, although it's not quite as high as Leicester City's 5000/1 before they won the league, whilst they're 5/1 seventh favourites to go down.
Adams bagged 22 goals for Birmingham last season in the Championship, by far his greatest scoring season, and attracted interest last January.
Southampton and fellow strugglers Burnley were both interested but the Blues didn't want to sell whilst they still had a chance at the play-offs.
It seems unlikely that Adams will turn his new club into Premier League challengers but stranger things have happened, right?
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