Cork's return to the team after injury has resulted in four points from the last two games as Saints start to show the kind of form that could drag them to Premier League safety.
"He (Cork) was yet again outstanding - him and Morgan Schneiderlin together," raved Adkins to the Daily Echo.
"I played Jack Cork in every game after I signed him last season.
"He was called up for the Great Britain team for the Olympics which is a great honour obviously but we didn't have him for pre-season.
"He came back and in his first game he got injured, he came back after that and got injured straightaway in his comeback game.
"They are two young 23-year-olds who I believe have got so much potential and we can get a good partnership going with them. "We also have young James Ward-Prowse who is going to be phenomenal for us and Steven Davis we have brought in and is still very young in footballing terms but has a wealth of experience he can help the players with."