A supremely talented young footballer, Che Adams possesses a polished technique and searing turn of pace.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the teenager’s repertoire, however, is his sense of occasion.
So, as Bramall Lane prepared to digest possible the implications of Jamie Murphy’s departure less that 24 hours earlier, it was no surprise to see Adams score the goals which propelled Sheffield United to victory and, with two swishes of his bright blue boots, condemn memories of the former Scotland under-21 international’s swashbuckling performances to the dim and distant past.
“That’s just me as a person,” Adams said. “I don’t really get fazed; that’s the way you have to be as well.
“The most important thing is just to go out and enjoy it. This gaffer wants me to be positive all the time and get at the opposition. That’s my game, and if he wants me to do it I am quite happy to go along with that.”
It is too early to reach a concrete conclusion about the wisdom of United’s decision to accept Brighton and Hove Albion’s offer for Murphy.
Against a combative but careless Chesterfield team, however, Adams’ contribution suggests it represents good business for all parties involved.
Murphy, who is expected to feature for Chris Hughton’s side at Huddersfield Town tomorrow, has been given the stage required to earn a full Scotland cap. Meanwhile, his erstwhile understudy can now be let completely off the leash.
Adkins, whose opposite number, Dean Saunders, mistakenly suggested afterwards that the visitors “deserved something” from this match, sounded a predictable note of caution about expecting too much too soon.
But even United’s habitually temperate manager conceded Adams, who netted important goals against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Swindon Town last season, has a bright future ahead.
“He’s a talent, he’s got to learn the game, he’s very raw,” Adkins said. “He’s got a great opportunity, and I think we have goals throughout the team.
“He’s got unbelievable ability, he’s a threat, and he’s demonstrated that again today. When he gets the ball, you know something is going to happen.
“With Conor Sammon and Billy Sharp up front - both who could have scored goals today - we have threats, Marc McNulty and Michael Higdon as well,. We have players who can get goals at this level.”
Adams, signed from Ilkeston, added. “I was happy to get the goals, but more importantly to get the win. Getting into the team last year, it was all about getting fitter and stronger.
“This year, I think I can push on. Playing week in, week out will help my experience. Being a second-year professional, it’s just about getting used to it.”
Chesterfield won the statistical battle - returning a nearly 60 per cent possession rate and forcing 13 corners - but United prevailed in the sporting war.
Adams’ first effort, which saw him start and finish an incisive move also involving Sammon, provoked a forceful response from Saunders’ charges.
But, even though they peppered United’s penalty box with a series of looping crosses, Chesterfield lacked the guile to unduly trouble a defence expertly marshalled by Jay McEveley, David Edgar and Neill Collins.
Edgar, in particular, was superb, denying fellow Birmingham City loanee Lee Novak on numerous occasions with perfectly-timed blocks.
It was not until the closing stages, when Novak and Dan Jones both went close, that Chesterfield, who nevertheless appear only one or two players away from being an effective team, threatened a breakthrough.
“It’s good to bounce balls off Conor. He’s a strong guy up there, and he can drop the ball back to you,” Adams said. “I can learn a lot from both Conor and Billy. I can learn a lot from Billy’s finishing.
“All the strikers bring different options and that’s good for the gaffer, which helps the team out. We have a good understanding with each other, even if we do different things.”
Adams, who rifled home after Sammon’s shot had been saved by Tommy Lee, pounced again during the opening skirmishes of the second period following another assist by the Irishman.
Chesterfield, let down by their poor final ball, saw Novak hit a post and Jones test Mark Howard’s reactions with a free-kick. But United had previously enjoyed more chances of their own with the energetic Sharp and Adams again calling Lee into action.
“Luckily, the first goal just fell to me. The second goal was well made,” Adams said. “That’s what we have been practising on the training ground. I have to keep learning off the lads around me and working hard to try and improve.”
Sheffield United: Howard 6, Freeman 6, Basham 6, Sharp 7, Baxter 6 (J Wallace 59), Collins 7, Scougall 6 (Reed 68), Sammon 7, McEveley 7, Adams 8 (Woolford 64), Edgar 8. Not used: McNulty, Campbell-Ryce, Long, K Wallace.
Chesterfield: Lee 7, Jones 7, Hird 6, Morsy 6, Evatt 6, Gardner 6 (Gnaduillet 81), Ebanks-Blake 6, O’Shea 6, Novak 7, Banks 6 (Ariyibi 68), Talbot 6 (Raglan 81). Not used: Humphreys, Onovwigun, Orrell, Cairns.
Referee: K Wright (Cambridgeshire).