Sheffield United: ‘Cup success can help our youngsters come of age’

Chris Basham says a good performance in the cups can launch a young footballer's career � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Chris Basham says a good performance in the cups can launch a young footballer's career � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United midfielder Chris Basham says Che Adams has come of age this season following his exploits in last term’s Capital One Cup, writes James Shield.

Adams, the former Ilkeston attacker, made his senior debut during a fifth round victory over Southampton before scoring twice when Tottenham Hotspur visited Bramall Lane at the semi-final stage.

The teenager enhanced his claims for a regular starting role with a series of impressive displays during United’s pre-season friendlies before facing Gillingham last weekend and Basham, speaking as they prepare to reacquaint themselves with the competition at Morecambe tonight, said: “Che is breathing confidence at the moment. That much is plain to see.

“He’s a proper one of the lads now too. It can be hard when you come in as a youngster.

“But he’s doing really well. He’s grown-up a lot and is louder in the dressing room.”

Basham’s insistence that Adams progress can be traced back to the second-leg of United’s double-header with Spurs represent an important development in the debate about whether Nigel Adkins, who took charge two months ago, should sacrifice his employer’s place in the competition and focus solely on trying to reach the Championship instead.

“What happened with Che shows how young lads can make a name for themselves if they seize the opportunities they get,” Basham said. “We try to win every game that we’re involved in. That’s a given at this club.”

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