Southampton striker Che Adams has been pictured in his first Scotland training session after linking up with his international teammates for the first time.
The 24-year-old chose to commit to Scotland – he qualifies through one of his grandparents – ahead of the upcoming round of international fixtures and duly received a call-up from national team boss Steve Clarke.
He has a good chance of receiving his first international caps in this break too with Scotland facing three World Cup qualifiers in six days. They host Austria at home this coming Thursday before travelling away to face Israel on Sunday, and finish their latest round of games with by playing the Faroe Islands at Hampden Park.
Goalscoring is certainly an area where Scotland need to improve ahead of the Euros this summer if they are to make an impression at the tournament and Adams will be hoping he can be the man to add that to their side.
Adams can hit the ground running with Scotland
Scotland confirmed their place at the Euros with a win on penalties over Serbia back in November but their run of results up to then suggests that their goalscoring is a key area they need to improve on.
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Looking back on international results shows that they have scored more than two goals in only two games going back to November 2018. Those two games were a 6-0 win against San Marino and a 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan.
The last seven international fixtures have seen Scotland fail to score three times too, although they did find the resilience they needed to secure qualification.
Adams has not been a prolific goalscorer for Saints but has attributes that could add an extra dimension to his country’s attack. His hold-up play often draws strong praise from those watching him play and he uses his body well to bring other players into the action.
He has found the net 11 times for Saints since his arrival from Birmingham City but has crucially netted three times in his last three league appearances, meaning he is in good form in front of goal too ahead of his first senior international appearances.
With clever passes, strong hold-up play to get his side up the pitch and instinctive finishes, Scotland and Adams could be a match made in heaven.