One of the highest-rated youngsters in the Bournemouth youth system, Jake Adams, has been taken in on-trial by Southampton, reports Hampshire Live’s Tom Leach. After rejecting a contract offer from Bournemouth, Adams is now attempting to earn a contract with the Cherries’ south coast rivals.
A move to Southampton would be a homecoming of sorts for the young Englishman. Born in Basingstoke, Adams is a former member of the Southampton academy and was released as a 12-year-old. He was then snapped up by Bournemouth for their own youth setup.
Bournemouth Youth Star Jake Adams on Trial at Southampton
Youth Team Boost
Since arriving at the Saints’ Staplewood Campus, Jake Adams has made two pre-season appearances for the club’s B team. Playing in the number ten position, Adams has impressed the coaching staff with his performance. During the side’s recent match against Salisbury, Adams scored the Saints second goal in a 2-1 victory. Playing alongside fellow trialist Abdul Abdulmalik, Adams’ trial continues Southampton’s push to add fresh blood into their youth ranks.
With Nathan Tella moving into the first team and Dan N’Lundulu moving on loan, the Southampton youth set-up is in need of new attacking options. Both Abdulmalik and Adams seemingly fit that bill. They entered their trials with the club as highly-rated youth stars and both could present the club with attacking options for years to come.
Jake Adams: Saint Turned Cherry Turned Saint?
Signed as a youngster by the club, Jake Adams began his career within the Southampton youth set-up. After working his way up, Adams was eventually released by Southampton at the age of 12. Picked up by fellow South Coast side Bournemouth, Adams quickly developed into a highly touted prospect for the Cherries’ youth side.
After declining a professional contract from Bournemouth this summer, the 18-year-old has looked to take advantage of the buzz that surrounded him. Since that time, Adams quickly accepted an offer to go on trial with the Southampton B team. Given his performance thus far, it seems likely that Adams could soon receive an offer from the Saints.
If any of the above sounds familiar, it may be because Adams’ story is very similar to that of current Southampton star Danny Ings. Rejected by the club’s youth setup as a boy, Winchester-born Ings soon joined the Bournemouth academy. Developing into a top player, Ings has gone on to star for the likes of Burnley, Liverpool, and, of course, Southampton.
Despite the similarities, Jake Adams’ future remains up in the air. However, given all of the above, he is definitely one to watch.