Saturday, 3 November 2012

Charlie Adam Told To Stop Trying Too Hard

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has resorted to some TLC in an attempt to get Charlie Adam firing in front of goal.

The Scot netted 13 times for a relegation-bound Blackpool side two seasons ago, blasting his way towards a move to Liverpool.

But his confidence took a dent at Anfield, where he managed just two goals in his single season as a Reed before being bundled out the door in the summer.

Pulis snapped up the midfielder for £5m on transfer deadline day in August, but has yet to see him score for the Potters in seven outings.

"I have taken him to one side and told him to relax a bit," revealed the Welshman.

"It's all about managing players these days, and some you have to kiss and cuddle a bit more than you used to.

"He's got to relax more. He's been very uptight about it. He's so, so keen to prove what a good player he is.

"But I expect him to get goals and he will. I think he's trying too hard. 

"You want to see his stats. He gets around the pitch to an unbelievable extent. His Prozone stats are just fantastic.  

"He just has to get use to what we do and the way we do it. It is all about the team and not individuals.

"If we win a game, it's because we won together, whether someone has a good game or not, and if we lose, we look at it as a group and not individuals."

Although Adam has been slow to find the net in Stoke colours, Pulis is confident he will prove to be a bargain.

He is backing the former Rangers man to be the top scorer among his midfielders, and also make goals for Peter Crouch.

"Getting him was great business for us," Pulis said. "It was a great deal. I don't think people realise the fee we paid for Charlie. It was a fantastic deal.

"I'm still hoping he will weigh in with eight to 10 goals. He's got the quality to do that.

"I think he will score soon and then he will go off on one. 

"We're still waiting for him to show his Blackpool form but he has shown glimpses. 

"He has not done it consistently but he has shown glimpses.

"I've just said to him to take things nice and steady and relax."

Adam's Achilles heel has always been his preference to bomb forward rather than dutifully track opposition runners back to his own goal.

And Pulis reckons he's solved the problem by ORDERING the 26-year-old to stay up the field.

He added: "We try and keep him away from having to do too much defensive work. We want to keep him close to 
Crouchie so he does all his work at the top end of the pitch.

"Having said that, he has been very good for us in tracking back and doing his bits and pieces. We've been delighted with him."

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