GARY Taylor-Fletcher says it is “massively important” that the Seasiders do everything they can to keep hold of Charlie Adam and the club’s other top players.
Giving a valuable insight into the mood in the dressing room, Taylor-Fletcher said the likes of Adam and David Vaughan have played a huge role in Pool’s success in the last 18 months.
And with intense speculation about the future of Adam, and possible bids for other players, Taylor-Fletcher is happy to speak out.
“It is massively important we keep hold of our players,” he said.
“Charlie is a massive player for us. When it isn’t going right he always tries to drag us through.
“Then you’ve got David Vaughan, who is probably our most important player with the way he defends and keeps us ticking over. He keeps the ball, keeps it simple and is a big factor in the way we play.
“Everyone is still talking about us as little Blackpool, and with the players we’ve got and the way we are playing other clubs will no doubt be sniffing around our lads, so it is vital that we do keep our players.”
Ian Holloway is probably sick of talking about Adam but, with the transfer window open for a further fortnight and interest from other clubs showing no sign of letting up, he will be forced to do plenty more.
The media were not allowed to interview the Seasiders captain at a charity event in aid of Gary Parkinson yesterday, but there has been speculation that the row over an unpaid bonus of £20,000 earlier in the season could make Adam want to leave.
Holloway disputes that. “Sometimes Karl (Oyston) doesn’t give a monkey’s about anybody when it comes to money but Charlie fought for what he felt was right,” said Holloway of the dispute that was eventually settled by a Premier League arbitration panel.
“I wasn’t going to get involved in that, I didn’t need to.
“It worked itself out and I wasn’t going to lose Charlie over that because he loves playing for us.
“He loves playing football the way I ask him to play, and if he was somewhere else the players on the end of those lovely passes he hits wouldn’t be much better than we’ve got – Taylor-Fletcher, DJ, Varney or Matty Phillips.”
Sky TV pundit Jamie Redknapp reckons it would be “catastrophic” if Blackpool sold Adam this month. “I can’t think of a player who is more influential and important to their team than Charlie Adam,” he said.