Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has restated his desire to keep Ashley Nadesan at Highbury for the rest of the season.
The twenty-four-year-old forward returned to the ranks of the Cod Army this month after a successful six-month loan spell at Carlisle, where he netted eight goals in twenty-five League Two appearances.
With ten-goal striker, Ched Evans, suspended for two matches after comments made to the referee during December’s defeat to Bristol Rovers, Barton spoke of his intention to include Nadesan in the squad to play Oxford United on Saturday.
Players are unable to play for more than two teams in a season, so if Nadesan does play on Saturday, it will make him ineligible to move to any club other than Carlisle, in January.
Nadesan is out of contract in the summer, but Barton told the Blackpool Gazette “I’ve got no intention of selling him. His contract is running down but I really want to keep him.”
“I think he has a future at this club. I get that he has done well in League Two and there could be a few teams in that division sniffing round but he is going to fight for a spot in a League One side.”
Speaking via the clubs website Neasden backed up his manager’s comments, expressing a desire to stay and fight for his place at Fleetwood. “As soon as I walked in the door, the gaffer spoke to me and said that as long as I’m contracted at Fleetwood I’ll be in his plans.”
On the challenge of forcing his way into the team, and potentially breaking up the twenty-four goal partnership of Paddy Madden and Ched Evans the pacy forward commented, “Pre-season when I was here, I feel like me, Ched and Paddy had a good little connection and we pushed each other to do the best. Obviously, Ched and Paddy have done really well and I’m happy to be back amongst it again.”
Barton may well want to keep the in-form forward at the club but with his contract expiring in the summer, there is sure to be plenty of suitors for the striker’s services. While Nadesan is also saying the right things, the proof of the pudding will be Saturday’s teamsheet. I remain unconvinced he will still be a member of the Cod Army at the end of the month.