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Comparing United, Tottenham & Liverpool Target Charlie Adam To Paul Scholes

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Sir Alex Ferguson has a momentous task in replacing one of the greatest midfielder of his generation in Paul Scholes. It is a task which may turn Ferguson’s grey hair a little whiter whilst doing quite a bit of damage to United’s bank balance for transfers. This is a task, which unfortunately, will not be completed with £12 million for Charlie Adam.

Manchester United have recently been linked to the 25 year-old Scottish midfielder, who is a big target for Liverpool, and has been since January, but Sir Alex has reportedly showing a genuine interest in bringing the Blackpool “play-maker” to Old Trafford. Now, when I was watching Blackpool throughout the season, sure Charlie Adam stood out as their most effective player, and one who often posed a real threat to the opposition with his ambitious range of passing, but nothing awe inspiring was present, not much “Paul Scholes quality”.

I don’t have anything against the guy, but when United are linked to a central midfielder, especially in this transfer window, you will expect them to play at a very high standard, week in, week out. While Adam did his best to keep his club in the Premier League last season, Paul Scholes continued to do what he had been doing for 17 season’s at Manchester United; keeping the ball, creating chances and playing like a superb Spaniard, all for the biggest team in the world on the biggest footballing stage in the world.

Below is a chalkboard of Charlie Adam and his passing pattern in a game in which he was considered man of the match against Aston Villa in February. He attempted 77 passes in 90 minutes, 43 of which were successful, and 33 of which were unsuccessful, as well as one assist from a corner. Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Adam’s set pieces alone are worth £10 million – an interesting statement considering United’s apparent £12 million bid…

Now this is where it gets interesting. Paul Scholes, who was coming to the end of his career in May, against Blackpool, had a far different record in terms of passing inside 90 minutes than Charlie Adam. A far superior one. Remember, this is a player who in a recent rare interview questioned whether he was still good enough and was playing well enough in the Manchester United side to be worthy to continue at all. He decided the response was negative. The chalkboard below contradicts with the humble opinion of himself.

Just look at all of those blue arrows – successful passes. It is a wonder, a joy to behold for a football fan to see what a quality player Paul Scholes is both on the field and on paper. 84 passes were attempted by the midfield maestro, 78 of which were successful – thats more than Adam even attempted, and only 6 were unsuccessful. It was simply, a passing master class, a show of pure, footballing quality that Manchester United must replace to progress.

This is a pattern in Scholes’s play which would have been repeated every time he stepped onto the football pitch last season, and all of the other seasons before that. He had a consistency, even at the age of 36 that was just unbelievable. Sometimes, his passing across the field was so accurate, so pinpoint, it defied belief, as well as his lethal, cutting vision through defences, topped off with a couple of stunning long range efforts, or goals from determined, timed runs into the box, predominantly earlier in his career at United.

Is Charlie Adam the man to replace Paul Scholes? From this, and from the overwhelming negative response from Manchester United fans to even the link of United with Adam, it is a resounding no. Unfortunately, a £12 million Blackpool player and Liverpool target is not good enough by a long shot to replace a Manchester United legend with a passing pedigree to challenge the best in the world. Then again, very few are.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball




  1. Zekk Chai

    June 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Why would someone bother making such comparisons? First of all two different types of players, a playmaker against a mere ball passer. Man u needs someone who can make thousands of passes non-creatively, just like scholes.

    • EnglishBulldog

      June 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      1958 was a great year for football, the Munich air disaster took place.


        June 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm


        • Northern-100

          June 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

          Fair comment mate.

      • Red Adz

        June 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

        You’re clearly an advert for why cousins shouldn’t marry.

      • Michael Ward

        June 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm

        I’m a Liverpool fan, and I think you’re a dick.

        The Munich air disaster is nothing to joke about.

  2. MS

    June 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Very unfair comparison, judging Adams in the game at OT where United always have the greater possession of the ball, so any player is likely to get more of the ball and more opportunity of successful passes. It is in the AWAY games where a players real value should be assessed and Adams did a great job in the game at OT, and more than Scholesy has done (legend that he is) in away games for a long time now.

  3. Someone

    June 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Yeah look at the blue arrows for Scholes…all sideways and back in the defence passes. He is a real maestro! And look at Adam’s passes most of them seem distant and clever. What a crap player! Scholes is overrated, his fouls alone worth 10 million.

  4. Someone

    June 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    The pass master of the PL in the last decade was Alonso hands down. Scholes does not even qualify to lace his shoes in that aspect.

    • YNWA

      June 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm


  5. Hidayat

    June 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Yeah scholes is known for his non-sense tackling and nothing else.(point closed).U r comparing a player of such vast experience and player who has just started 2 showoff his quality.I think within 11 yrs he wil be better than scholes.Plz compare gerrard and scholes and see how way far scholes is from gerrard

    • charliead

      June 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      when you compare scholes u should compare him when he was charlie adams age …he score goals, long balls everything… and scholes played a more defensive role during his ending part of his career. so he has to play back pass.while adams is a little bit upfront.
      150 goals speaks for itself
      and those who thing he is a bad tackler,well he hasnt broken anyones stfu.charlie adamns is a scholes fan btw!!!he grew up watching scholes

  6. kopite

    June 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    What a load of drivel! like someone said the majority of scholes passes are being played backwards in his own half, your whole argument is retarded alot like the majority of your turban wearing fans, infact thers an idea for you, man u branded turbans, you might clear some of that debt!

    • Red Adz

      June 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Hello kettle here’s pot he’s black, never seen many Paki’s outside of a mosque as I’ve seen at Shamfield. Not that the ethnic background of a clubs fans have anything to do with comparing players, you twat.

  7. tommie

    June 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Dont know why this is causing an uproar, scholes is retired so lets get a replacement for our midfield mastro.

    • Zekk Chai

      June 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

      We all know Alex Ferguson has no intention of buying players to strengthen the team. He buys to deny his rivals, nothing more. With a ridiculous scouting system, he conveniently makes use of other clubs’ scouts. Just this summer, Ashley Young, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones, ferguson tried to buy them so that Liverpool will not. Same thing for Alexis sanchez, Wesley sneijder and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He almost succeeded in trying to outshine Liverpool by trying to trick the public into believing he signed Phil jones the same day Liverpool announce the signing of Henderson.

  8. Darlington Nweke

    June 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Since the writer thinks Charlie is not up to it, perhap, he can call on his grandfather to properly replace Scholes.

  9. Mighty Reds Fan

    June 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I dunno why they’re say Adam could be Scholes replacement… Scholes has been little more than a water carrier for a couple of years – and a liability when he has played.

    Adam is over-rated & won’t really suit teams that want to keep the ball. But he would be useful in tight matches when you need a goal – that’s probably worth £12million in the current market.

    • Craig

      June 20, 2011 at 5:17 am

      Scholes has been little more than a water carrier for a couple of years??? You need to start watching a game that you understand mate, football isnt right for you if you think Scholes is anything other that “World Class”.

      • Mighty Reds Fan

        June 20, 2011 at 7:42 am

        Without doubt Scholes was world class at his peak. But was he world class in the FA Cup semi-final? Was he world Class against Liverpool?

        I suggest you stop fawning over the past and watch some relevant games… If football was the game for you, you’d realise that the game never stands still, or lives in the past. Scholes retired because he had become a liability – even from the bench. That’s the nitty-gritty.

  10. j

    June 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    dude….that is not cool….people suffering from the tragedy of heysel might read that…its one thing to be offensive and its another to be inhumane….please remove that…

  11. G

    June 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    The moderator should block Bernie and remove his post. Its downright disrespectful to bring up Heysel. A downright airhead.

  12. G

    June 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    You’re gonna get yourself killed with all that baseless racism and hatred. Grow up will you.

  13. JackC

    June 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I hope Charlie signs for Liverpool.

  14. Football Talk

    June 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Just to apologies for the brainless comments left by someone earlier.

    His posts have been deleted and hopefully he wont be back.



    • Amz

      June 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Its all good blocking certain brainless comments, how about Kopite and his “turbanned fans” comment. its clearly racist, no different from monkey chants on a football field. Pathetic.

      • Red Adz

        June 24, 2011 at 10:15 am


  15. Naeem

    June 20, 2011 at 12:33 am

    You cannot compare the two.first of all adam plays for blackpool whereas scholesy for united so adam doesnt have the reassurance of good players around him thus scholes’s pass ratio would have been higher as his team mates are better and more experienced.also scholesy played a more defensive role where as adams was more ambitious.scholes also made more shortpasses so ofcourse more will go through.finally adams takes set pieces so obviously he will have more passes gone astray.adams deserves a chance he is a fantastic player with huge potential also a deadly left foot and shot(just like scholesy) so as a united fan i hope fergie signs him 12mil is a bargain for a player of his added bonus is his brilliant free kicks!fergie fergie sign him up!

  16. james

    June 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

    @football Talk
    If you move quick at deleting posts of the individual making comments about Hysel, which is offensive to many. Then please be fair and consistent in your approach and remove the post by Kopite which is also derogatory and offensive to readers of this website. By allowing this comment to remain on this website can be viewed as subscribing to such offensive views. This is a website discussing football matters, lets keep it that way please.

  17. Zekk Chai

    June 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Scholes is not the same player as he was. He is not world class this season, he never was. Good as he was before, he was never fit to be compared with the likes of Paul ince or Gary Mcallister, let alone Gerrard or Alonso. He is a good player, maybe in the same league as Salif Diao.

  18. Royster

    June 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I think this article is ridiculous, very selective of you to show Charlie Adam’s passing statistics from that particular game. Why not show C.A’s statistics from the games against Manchester United? The article is completely biaised. Paul Scholes has been a world class player, but he has played with world class players all around him, passing can be a two way thing and alot depends on the anticipation and movement of the ‘recipients’. I was at Old Trafford for the last game of the season and Charlie Adam was outstanding, now who knows whether or not he could make it at Old Trafford but he certainly has the ability and range of passing.

  19. Africanlegend

    June 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    It is simply an insult to compare C Adam with Scholes. One play has proved on many stages to be a player of superior caliber. C Adam is a mythical player British people made up and we(Liverpool) will get him because we believe in myths and are willing to pay top dollar for them.

  20. FM 2011

    June 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

    You’re analysis is limited. How many passes does scholes attempt into the oppositions penalty area, 5, 3 of which are unsuccessful. You need to watch both player for at least 5 games home and away before you put pen to paper.

  21. gaz

    June 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    who ever wrote this drivel is clearly a complete spanner, its all very well saying scholes had more succesful passes, but first consider that they were playing different teams, villa have a good defense whereas blackpools had undoubtably the poorest defense in the league, and also just look at where those passes are, yes scholes had more but around 40 of them were short passes within his own half, im not ragging in sholes but this article is totaly biased and fails to demonstrate anything at all over than how stupid and biased the wrighter is

  22. Suarez

    June 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Man u the biggest team in the world
    Hahaha. You know nothing about football.

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