Sheffield United: Adkins’ high hopes for ‘professional’ Che Adams

Sheffield United's Che Adams scores the opening goal against Rochdale
Sheffield United's Che Adams scores the opening goal against Rochdale

Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins hopes Che Adams has learnt his lesson after being dropped for disciplinary reasons last month.

Adams was left out of the United squad for the trip to Burton Albion for an unspecified breach of club discipline, with Adkins later revealing the teenager had ‘deselected himself’ with his actions.

The former Ilkeston starlet, now an England U20 international after making his debut last month, has since returned to the United side, and his two goals in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Rochdale took his tally to three in two games.

And Adkins said: “We’ve got massive hopes for Che and he’s shown he can be a massive player.

“But we’re trying to nurture all of the younger players and I thought Kieran [Wallace] and Harrison McGahey were superb when they came on.

“We’d like to think the environment we can give them will help them understand what being a professional is all about.

“Che has gone away and represented England, then come back with a virus.

“But he’s been in excellent form of late. He’s come back in and been superb.”

Saturday’s victory over Rochdale saw United leapfrog Keith Hill’s side and into the League One play-off positions, five points behind League One leaders Walsall.

They return to action on Saturday, at struggling Oldham.