Former Imps loan player Charlee Adams has thanked Birmingham City for his time there after his release from the club. He now talks of looking forward to his ‘new adventure’, wherever that may be.
Adams (22) had two successful loan spells at City, playing 14 games in each. During his second spell he made the headlines after scoring not one world-class goal, but two. His volleys against Grimsby and again three weeks later against Aldershot drew lots of attention on social media.
After leaving City he struggled to break into the Birmingham first team, his only start coming on the final day of the 2015/16 season against Cardiff. This season he joined Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock on loan in order to get regular first team football at a good level.
In just his third Scottish Premier League match he suffered a horror injury after a tackle by Kevin Gomis which left a massive open wound on his thigh. He battled back to fitness and featured nine times north of the border before a return to the Midlands. His chances were restricted in a terrible season for Birmingham, and he failed to break into the first team prior to his release.
He joins a lot of free agents searching for another club, but after his loan spell here there will be the usual chatter of an Imps return. Whilst the constant links with former players are seen as living in the past, with young Charlee I think it is different. In both his spells at City he proved to be a quality player, industrious and busy in the middle of the park, able to play from box to box in equally as effective capacity. If he is the same player of two seasons ago, he will be a seriously good addition to any side in League Two.
There may be a Cowley link as well. Born in Redbridge, was on the books of West Ham as a youngster, but opted to join Birmingham at the age of 16. We know Danny has an encyclopedic knowledge of players from the south of the country, perhaps Charlee Adams is one that passed by his radar once or twice?
I think Adams is a very similar player to Alex Woodyard, always busy in the middle of the park and able to get on the ball and make things happen. We do look light in the centre of the park, and that is before the retained list is put out. At this stage the positions we need to bolster aren’t too clear, and only Danny will know if his recruitment includes another midfielder of the Woodyard ilk. If it does you can’t help but think Charlee Adams might just be the sort of player that fits the bill. He’s still young, he’s played regular football at some level at least and he’s dropping down from a bigger club looking to patch up his career. Nothing screams ‘Cowley’ like a player who ‘really shouldn’t be available to this football club’.
Charlee Adams looked to have a big future ahead of him, but the situation at Birmingham did him no favours what so ever. Of all the ‘pre-Cowley’ players that passed through the gates at Sincil Bank, he is the one that I’m sure many fans would welcome back with open arms.
Oh, Elliott Parrish is a free agent now too. No? Thought not.