View: Junior Adamu's high potential should excite West Ham and Southampton fans
RB Salzburg’s 20-year-old striker Junior Adamu has reportedly been of interest to West Ham and Southampton and has the potential to be an exciting prospect.
The Daily Mail reported on Saturday [28 May] that the Saints and the Hammers are said to be monitoring the Nigerian-born Austrian international.
Adamu has seven goals and three assists this season, as well as Champions League experience at the Austrian side.
Despite a relatively good output for the youngster, his underlying stats show he still has plenty more to give.
As per Wyscout, the right-footed striker has the seventh highest expected goals per 90 in the whole League with 0.56.
This stat indicates that he should be scoring a goal every other game, whereas his actual output of seven is well below what he is expected to produce.
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This suggests that if the striker could improve on his finishing ability he could well be a prolific signing for either club.
His knack for picking up dangerous goalscoring positions is displayed by the number of touches he’s accumulated in the opposition’s penalty area this season.
He has a total of 94 touches in the opponent’s penalty area this season with an average of 4.88 per 90.
This demonstrates that he is consistently picking up dangerous positions close to the opponent’s goal, but is failing to capitalise.
Finally, the striker has 16 headed shots this season, and being 6ft tall he could well suit West Ham’s ability to provide good quality crosses.
If the Austrian international does make the move to the Premier League, he is certainly a player with immense potential who could thrive if he becomes slightly more clinical in front of goal.
In other West Ham news, the case has been made for a homegrown youngster to get senior game time.