Che Adams: Sheffield United's new wonderkid

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Che Adams, 18, made a memorable start to his Sheffield United career when he came off the bench in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham in midweek.

The youngster scored twice in just three minutes as United overturned a 1-0 deficit in the match to lead 2-1. Unfortunately United were eventually defeated, 3-2 on aggregate, as Tottenham's Christian Eriksen scored the winner late in the 88th minute.

However, United will have found many positives from the game, despite the defeat, not least the arrival on the scene of youngster Adams. Prior to his appearance against Tottenham Adams had only played 136 minutes for the club.

A rarity

Adams is a rarity in modern football as he has been plucked from a non-league club rather than making his way through a clubs academy. In the modern game there are also a lot of foreign players gracing our game, and some may think barring the rise of players like Adams.

There are only five Premier League players who have a history of playing non-league football - Charlie Austin, Chris Smalling, Ben Foster, Dwight Gayle and Ashley Williams.

Humble background

Sheffield United though have clearly seen something in Adams that they like and do not see his signing as a risk. United signed the youngster in November from non-league Ilkeston Town, who play in the Evo-Stick Premier Division, for £100,000.

Adams was discarded by Coventry City two years ago, before Ilkeston took a chance on him, and since then many clubs have been tracking the youngster. At one point Adams had 45 club scouts and managers following his progress at Ilkeston but it was United who jumped the queue and took the plunge to sign him.

Adams has already received international recognition since his move to Bramall Lane. He was chosen as part of the England C squad for their International Challenge Trophy game against Estonia Under-23s in November.

Hopefully Adams can now go on and establish himself as a successful professional footballer. At first glance he seems to have what it takes but now it is up to him if he is to fulfil his talents.

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