Che Adams has been praised as a ‘standout’ performer for Scotland.
Football Scotland has named the striker as one of six players that really impressed during their 3-0 win against Cyprus on Friday.
Adams’ quality display in the 2024 Euro qualifier comes shortly after he failed to secure a move to Everton, with the Toffees seeing a £15 million bid turned down for the forward last month.
The 27-year-old had attracted Everton’s attention after scoring ten goals in all competitions before Southampton were relegated last season.
With only a year left on his contract at St Mary’s Stadium, Adams was expected to enjoy a swift return to the Premier League until Everton decided to sign Beto from Udinese instead.
Despite constant rumours regarding Adams’ future before last week’s deadline, the Scotland international had really impressed in the Championship and had bagged three goals in only four games so far.
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Adams now looks to have carried his form into international duty, with the striker starting up top as Scotland travelled to Larnaca.
While Adams failed to add to his five international goals, the former Leicester-born forward still really impressed.
Football Scotland wrote: ‘He was back in the starting lineup ahead of Lyndon Dykes and he worked his socks off up front. A nice header set up the opener and he linked play very well throughout the rest of the game.
‘He’s clearly confident after a bright start for Southampton in the Championship. He’s got a big season there and when he’s on goalscoring form it’s hard to see him losing that No 9 shirt for his country either. Who says Scotland don’t have No 9s?’
Everton won’t regret not signing Che Adams
Che Adams would have been a solid addition to Everton’s attack after being one of Southampton’s few positives last season.
However, it would have been argued as a bad deal if they had paid in excess of £15 million for a player who only has one year left on his contract.
While the Toffees have paid more for Beto, the former Udinese attacker is two years his junior and has also looked like a very promising player.
Everton won’t look back in frustration at their failed pursuit of Adams and could instead hope that things work out for Beto.