Player Profile: Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam in his Blackpool days

Charlie Adam is a left-footed central midfielder, he’s played for three
permanent clubs: Rangers, Blackpool and, as of this summer, Liverpool. He’s
also a Scottish international and has played 11 times for the national team.

Adam played for Rangers between 2003 and 2009, however, during this time
he only started playing regularly for Rangers from the 2006-07 season, in which
he scored 14 goals for the club, in the UEFA Cup and the SPL. He stayed a first
team regular until the beginning of 2009, when he went on loan to Blackpool,
then in the Championship.

He was an inspirational figure in a struggling side that just survived
relegation to League One. The following summer, Adam was signed up for £500,000
by new Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, ahead of what would be the best season
in the club’s history. Against all the odds, and as the favourites for
relegation, they scraped in the play-offs on the final day of the season, in
which Adam, as captain, scored 19 goals in 47 games. The Tangerines progressed
from the play-off semi-finals and faced, Cardiff City at Wembley in the final,
in which Adam scored and Blackpool won 3-2, winning promotion to the
Premiership in the process.

It was at the highest level of English football that Adam really
flourished. He was the star of Blackpool’s season, and in my opinion, the
player of the season. Personally, I found the way he sprayed balls all over the
pitch with his brilliant left foot astonishing, and, along with Paul Scholes,
was the best passer of the ball in the Premier League. Blackpool, for the
second season in succession, were certainties for relegation, however, this
time they failed to prove everybody wrong, and succumbed to the drop on the
final day of the 2010/11 season, in a 4-2 defeat to the champions Manchester

Despite relegation, Blackpool surprised many with the style of football
they played. It was an attacking 4-3-3 formation, which worked excellently in
full effect, but did have a tendency to go drastically wrong, the 6-0 and 4-0
away defeats at Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, being prime examples. Adam
orchestrated the midfield, and was deadly from set-pieces, even scoring
directly from a corner! Blackpool also learnt to play well as a unit, relying
on their pace to counter-attack. This resulted in some memorable matches, such
as the 4-0 win at Wigan on the opening day of the season, which propelled
Blackpool to the top of the table, for an hour or two! Victories at Anfield and
at home to Spurs were also highlights, as Blackpool certainly made their mark
on the league. Adam, who scored against his future club in the 2-1 win, was
showered with praise from the media and fans alike, and, along with DJ Campbell
and David Vaughn were players earmarked for instant Premier League transfers
once the season had ended-Vaughn has gone to Sunderland and Campbell is
currently still a Blackpool player.

Speculation first
mounted in January 2011 regarding a move to Liverpool, but at the time,
Holloway regarded Adam as too much of an asset to lose early. Blackpool hung on
till July, when it was finally announced Adam would make the move for a sum of
£7million. This meant Adam kept the positive link with the fans who heralded
him as a god at Bloomfield Road. The season will be make or break for Adam. At
25, he is just reaching his prime years, will he suffer under the intense
pressure of playing for such a historic club, or will he be at ease and take
the challenge that now faces him? Only time will tell.

2 thoughts on “Player Profile: Charlie Adam

  1. Interesting profile on what you said, an inspirational footballer. Analyse on the player a little later on after the season has begun then answer your question at the end. But a good post nonetheless.

    jtr94 out!

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