Ché Zach Everton Fred Adams (born 13 July 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Southampton.
Adams began his senior career in non-league football with Oadby Town and Ilkeston before moving into the Football League with Sheffield United in late 2014. He made 47 League One appearances before signing for Championship club Birmingham City in August 2016. After three seasons with Birmingham, he moved to Southampton in 2019.
Adams represented England at under-20 level in 2015. In March 2021, Adams was called up by Scotland for the first time, confirming his commitment to the national team.
On 1 July 2019, Adams joined Southampton for a fee reported to be £15 million, signing a five-year contract. Adams made his Premier League debut on 10 August in a 3–0 defeat against Burnley.
After being linked with a loan move to Leeds United as a replacement for Eddie Nketiah in the January 2020 transfer window, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl advised that he wanted Adams to remain part of his plans. On 22 January 2020, with Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa making Adams his number 1 target, Southampton rejected a third offer for Adams, the offer (believed to be a loan fee plus the option to buy Adams permanently for £20 million) was rejected.
On 5 July 2020, Adams scored his first goal for Southampton, a 40-yard effort looping over the goalkeeper in a 1–0 victory over Manchester City. He scored his second two weeks later to wrap up the points in a 2–0 win away to AFC Bournemouth. He then scored twice in Southampton’s 3–1 victory over his former club Sheffield United in the season finale on 26 July 2020.
Adams scored his first goal of the 2020–21 season on 17 October 2020 in a 3–3 draw with Chelsea. His second came a week later in a 2–0 victory over Everton. On 6 November 2020, Adams scored in a 2–0 win against Newcastle United. In December 2020, he scored against Sheffield United again, helping Southampton to a 3–0 victory. During a game with West Ham United, Adams was accidentally kicked in the head by Craig Dawson, which saw him miss Southampton’s match with Liverpool due to concussion.