By Paul Conatzer
According to reports, Everton are interested in Birmingham City striker Che Adams.
Despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s improvement, Everton are still hunting for that 20-goal a season scorer to lead the line. Calvert-Lewin has scored 8 goals in all competitions this season and he’s just turned 22, so he could still develop into that player.
Football is a funny game and it can be too easy to read something into a situation. But, the Football Insider report sees Adams almost destined to wear the royal blue jersey.
So far this season, Adams has scored 22 times for a mediocre Birmingham team that has problems on and off the pitch.
Like Calvert-Lewin, Adams spent some time at Sheffield United. A link, not much of one, but a link nonetheless.
At Birmingham, Adams sometimes partners Lucas Jutkiewicz, who was with Everton for two years but only played in one first team contest. Not enough time for supporters to learn how to spell his name, really. It’s stretching it, but that’s another link.
Now, here’s the third-link. Birmingham’s first team coach is James Beattie, who had a decent career at Everton.
Beattie joined Everton for £6 million in January of 2005. However, injuries and a 3-game suspension after he headbutted Chelsea’s William Gallas, limited Beattie’s involvement and he finished with only two goals. Next season, Beattie led Everton with 10 goals as the Toffees finished 11th in 2005-2006 and only scored a total of 34 league goals. Beattie did notch Everton’s goal of the season with a sublime chip against Fulham.
However, playing striker for David Moyes was never an easy proposition. Beattie only scored two goals the next season and fell out of favour with Moyes. He moved on to and this will almost sound spooky – to Sheffield United where he led the Blades with 22 goals.
Do you detect a pattern here?
Adams’ full name is Che Zach Everton Fred Adams. If having the team name as one of your middle-names isn’t enough; long-time Everton supporters will remember centre-forward Fred Pickering, who sadly died early this year. Pickering scored 56 goals in 97 games for Harry Catterick’s squad. However, the main reason Everton supporters remember him is for a game he didn’t play. Pickering had been injured prior to Everton’s appearance in the 1966 World Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. Catterick wasn’t sure if Pickering could last 90 minutes at Wembley and went with Mike Trebilcock. Trebilcock had one shining moment for Everton as he scored twice as the Blue went on win the Cup, 3-2, after being two goals down.
Now, here’s something that could play a bigger role in Adams moving to Everton than all these coincidences.
Birmingham are in trouble financially. They were recently docked nine points by the English Football League for breaching profitability and sustainability rules. The EFL said Birmingham incurred losses of nearly £48.8m between 2015 and 2018. That is almost £10m more than the accepted adjusted losses of £39m over a three-year period.
Adams wouldn’t be that expensive, probably in £15 million range and that figure is definitely affordable for Everton. And one last thing, if he signed for Everton, he would still be a blue!