‘It was a good first step for him’: Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl pleased for ‘Che McAdams’ after successful start to life with Scotland
- Che Adams switched national allegiance from England to Scotland this month
- The striker was born in Leicester and played for the Three Lions youth teams
- The 24-year-old is eligible for Scotland through his maternal grandparent
- He featured in all three of Scotland’s games during the international break
- Adams scored his first international goal in the win over the Faroe Islands
Scotland first asked Che Adams to play for them four years ago and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted Steve Clarke finally got his man last week.
The Leicester-born Saints striker with a Scottish grandparent and is a former England under-20 international and initially resisted repeated calls from north of the border.
But he scored his first international goal in Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Faroe Islands on Wednesday night and is now a fully paid up member of the Tartan Army.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is pleased for Che Adams after his successful start with Scotland
A proud Hasenhuttl duly gave his forward a new nickname and joked the only thing missing now for the 24-year-old is the accent.
‘Che McAdams is back and he is definitely not speaking differently, but it was good for him to score for Scotland for the first time.
‘I saw the game and he did a good job. Also they have a good chance to go maybe to the World Cup so it was a good first step for him.’
Adams should start in Southampton’s Premier League six-pointer against Burnley on Sunday and Hasenhuttl is also hopeful James Ward-Prowse will be fit after missing England’s win over Poland with a calf injury.
Adams featured in all three of Scotland’s games and score his first goal for the country
The Austrian coach just hopes his star man gets the same chances as players from ‘bigger clubs’ as he bids to live out his World Cup dream.
‘In general it shouldn’t make a difference if somebody is coming from a smaller club, like we are, rather if he is coming from a bigger club,’ the Saints manager added.
‘It is different if you also play Champions League every week and compete at the highest level but a player like him who has showed in the Premier League how strong he is and with his qualities with set-pieces I would always take him if I’m honest.
‘If I needed him in the last 10 minutes for a free-kick and scoring a goal I would always take such a player in my squad.’