Danny Mills has heaped praise on former Leeds United target Che Adams after the Southampton striker stepped up in the absence of the injured Danny Ings.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international hailed the “fantastic striker” who has excelled this season after the “massive” backing of his manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The 24-year-old score his third Premier League goal of the season to help the Saints beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Friday night and move up to fourth in the table.

Leeds United’s director of football Victor Orta revealed this summer that “a nice assist against Leicester” in December scuppered a potential deal for Adams in January.

The Yorkshire giants subsequently signed RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan but his time at Elland Road was ultimately unsuccessful.

When asked by Football Insider if Adams was the one that got away for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, Mills said:

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“Everybody knew at Championship level that he was a fantastic striker and that is why Leeds tried to sign him.

“He did not get off to a good start at Southampton but the partnership that he has formed with Danny Ings is really working, even though it has been put on hold.

“Ralph Hasenhuttl, like Bielsa with Bamford, has shown Adams the belief and that has enabled him to go and play.

“The manager believes in him and that is vitally important at times. The psychological side of it is massive in football today.” 

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