Blackpool star is ‘irreplaceable’

Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam
Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam
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CHARLIE Adam has been labelled “irreplaceable” by manager Ian Holloway amid rumours that Liverpool will make a £10m summer bid for the Seasiders skipper.

Kenny Dalglish was in the directors’ box at Ewood Park on Saturday, when Adam scored both goals in the 2-2 draw with Blackburn.

Anfield sources say the Liverpool manager, who failed with a £6.5m bid for Adam in January, is prepared to splash the cash at the end of the season to ensure he beats others to the Scot’s signature.

The Seasiders are resigned to losing Adam, so their task is to sign adequate replacements when he inevitably leaves. And Holloway admits that could be difficult.

The Pool boss said: “He is irreplaceable for us. On the pitch he is brilliant – you saw what he can do with that free-kick at Blackburn – and in the dressing room he is effervescent. We miss him whenever he isn’t playing.

“Charlie’s career is going to flourish but we’ve been a part of it and I will always be very proud of that.

“I wasn’t the first person to spot him. We had borrowed him on loan before I came here. I managed to watch what he’d done and how he did it, and sign him.

“He has been an absolute joy to work with. We’re well aware a lot of people are watching him and quite rightly so.

“I want to get a long list of people as good as him on our books, who can help us and then move on to these big clubs.

“Whatever happens with Charlie, we’ve helped him and he has helped us, and so we’ve both benefited and he knows that.

“For the time being, though, we can’t think about the summer because we’ve both got work to do to try to keep Blackpool in the Premier League.”

Holloway revealed that he read his players excerpts from Blackburn’s matchday programme prior to kick-off on Saturday to wind them up.

The Pool boss took exception to comments made by Rovers boss Steve Kean, suggesting his team were going to win.

Holloway added: “The media tried to make it a big game and Blackburn tried to make it a big game.

“Have a read of their programme. They were saying things like, ‘We expect to get some points’ – that means they were expecting more than a draw.

“I thought that was a little bit dodgy and I showed my players that.

“You have to be really

careful what you say. We didn’t need much motivation anyway but that helped and I thought you could see that in my boys.

“I read out something else in the programme because I thought was right. It said that if Blackpool manage to stay up it will probably be the best achievement since the start of the Premier League. That’s what we are aiming to do.”