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Blackpool Captain Charlie Adams is sure to attract many potential clubs come the summerWritten by Daniel Blazer for FootballFancast.com: Charlie Adam has goals, countless assists and numerous man of the match performances to his name, so it’s unsurprising that his performances have turned the heads of the Premier League’s ‘big boys.’ Throughout the January transfer window Adam was linked with Liverpool, who had a bid in the region of £4 million rejected, with Aston Villa and Tottenham also showing interest. As the season draws to a close and the window opens again, there’s no doubt that Adam will be linked with a move away, especially if reports are to be believed that Manchester United now want the Scot. With so many mouth watering propositions for Adam, it’s hard to decide where the Scottish international should ply his trade next season.

Liverpool, the first team to signify major intent on signing Adam have turned the corner since the arrival of Kenny Dalglish, but there is still room for Charlie Adam in their midfield, perhaps replacing Lucas (despite his improved performances this season) with Maxi Rodriguez and Kuyt on the flanks. Gerrard and Adam would be a dynamic duo to provide fantastic support and assists for the likes of Suarez or Carroll respectively; however such is the versatility of Adam that Liverpool could adopt a more attacking 4-3-3 formation with Kuyt, Carroll and Suarez used as out and out forwards, Adam adding a new dynamic to the Liverpool squad and without a shadow of a doubt being readily called upon as a match winner when Steven Gerrard is unavailable.

Tottenham Hotspur failed in their signing of Charlie Adam due to certain paperwork not being completed on time and that proved very costly when Adam scored in Blackpool’s 3-1 win over Spurs in February. Tottenham have an abundance of talent in the middle of the park with Sandro, Jenas, Palacios and Huddlestone all competing for that starting berth alongside the ever impressive Luka Modric. In this writer’s opinion, Adam is a more gifted and influential player than Sandro, Jenas or Palacios however these players all offer a protective cover for Modric to get forward and thread the ball through to the likes of Bale and Defoe. If Spurs were to sign Charlie Adam it would be a bold yet risky move playing Adam and Modric in their current formation, as neither are the most defensively minded players. Spurs perhaps could adopt a different formation with three in the middle, which makes them narrow yet plays to Modric and Adam’s strengths; but how do you sacrifice a formation that has achieved a Champions League Quarter Final and has put them on the cusp of repeating a top four finish?

Manchester United being one of the world’s biggest teams renders a transition from Bloomfield Road to Old Trafford supremely difficult; the gulf in class in every element is astronomical. Sir Alex Ferguson has been impressed with Adam’s goalscoring feats and with many believing that Paul Scholes will not take up the option of an extra year with United to call time on his glittering career, Adam appears the obvious choice for an adept replacement; a simple like-for-like swap. Adam is of the Scholes mould, scoring crucial goals and generally working hard for the team, thus no formation or tactic changes would be needed, as Fletcher would provide the cover for Adam to roam; picking out passes and loitering around the 18 yard box.

White Hart Lane, Anfield and Old Trafford are some of the biggest footballing venues in the world; Bloomfield Road, however, may yet be the best venue for Charlie Adam to continue playing. With all due respect to Blackpool, Adam may just be ‘a big fish in a small pond’, as at Glasgow Rangers (which is a distinctively larger ‘pond’), Adam didn’t set the world alight and didn’t look half the player. Think back to Matt Le Tissier, a loyal servant to Southampton, who regularly pops up in the top 20 Premier League players ever. However, Le Tissier never tested himself outside of The Dell; perhaps if he had moved onto Tottenham in 1990 or Chelsea in 1996 when they both showed interest he would have faltered and not gone down in Premier League history with the nickname ‘Le God.’

It would be a compliment to Adam to go down as Blackpool’s Le Tissier, and why not? It was Ian Holloway who managed Adam into the player he is today and it’s hard to argue that Sir Alex, Harry Redknapp or Kenny Dalglish would have or will do a better job for the Scottish international. If Adam does stay, it will be a breath of fresh air for the Premier League to have a team outside the top five or six that has a little something about them.

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4 comments

  • Alex says:

    Liverpool should be his choice.2nd Tottenham and 3rd United where he shouldnt go in my opinion as he wouldnt have many chances with Scholes,Carrick,Fletcher in that role.YNWA Charlie

  • rich says:

    is this a joke because i dont get it. adams showed against brazil that when it comes to top level football he is awful the worst on the pitch. he is not even good enough for lowly glasgow rangers.if any of the 3 named clubs buy him i think they will regret it

  • Ped says:

    He can’t tackle… he has hardly any pace… he gives the ball away too often and is the most overrated player I have seen for a while and certainly does not deserve his player of the season nomination. Therefore he should definitely join Liverpool where he can be yet another overpriced flop. Rafa(haha)tried to replace Alonso with Barry… they will take years to recover from that clown eh.

  • redbull says:

    Didn’t you see him at the ManU game he might not be Gerrard but Liverpool could definetely use him. I think only reason he shouldn’t go to Liverpool is if it can’t pay enough.

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