Southampton striker Che Adams made his full international debut for Scotland on Sunday evening and impressed in their 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw with Israel.
Having worked hard in chasing and harrying the home defence for much of the game, the 24-year-old played a significant part in Ryan Fraser’s equalising goal 11 minutes into the second-half.
He received the ball on the right wing and drove his marker towards goal before sliding a pass across the 18-yard line to Fraser, who had positioned himself just outside the area.
The winger controlled and fired a low shot into the corner of the net and this meant an assist for Adams on his full debut.
Adams takes his Southampton traits to the Scotland scene
Scotland fans on Twitter were full of praise of Adams, with some noting how his game differs to other strikers such as Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie.
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The Saints man was withdrawn on 75 minutes but showed much of the same characteristics that he does so often for his club in the Premier League.
He was praised on BBC Radio 5 Live by summariser and former Scotland international Pat Nevin for his workrate and also for his pass to set up Fraser’s goal. Playing a pressing style with Saints will give an energy to his game, whilst his hold-up play and vision has improved hugely this season.
Whilst he had only 27 touches of the ball overall (according to whoscored.com), he contributed in a key moment – something he has a habit of doing with Saints too.
With two draws now recorded for Scotland in their World Cup qualifying group, Adams can prove to be the difference in some of the upcoming games that will be so crucial for their hope of making next year’s World Cup finals.
A 2-2 result against Austria on Thursday and the 1-1 tie with Israel mean that Steve Clarke’s side sit third in a group also containing Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Moldova.
They will be hoping for a win against the Faroe Islands on Wednesday night and Adams will be hoping for another chance to impress and prove he has what it takes to become their main striker into the future.