Albert Adomah could make the difference to our relegation battle, says Bristol City team-mate Sam Baldock
SAM Baldock believes Albert Adomah can be the difference between Bristol City going down or staying in the Championship this season.
Last night's transfer deadline passed without City's star player being sold and it now looks as though Adomah will remain at Ashton Gate until at least the end of the season.
And striker Baldock, pictured, reckons the 25-year-old winger can be a major influence in the club's fight for Championship survival when he returns from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ghana. Crystal Palace twice tried and failed to sign the former Barnet player in January and Adomah has told team-mate Baldock he has no intention of making a sideways move.
"I think he could be the difference for us," said nine-goal top-scorer Baldock. "He could give us that edge and spark we need (to get out of trouble). "I spoke to him last night. He called me to see how things were going and he is not thinking about moving.
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"He told me he does not want to take a side step and I hope that means he is with us for the rest of the season.
"Albert is an important player for us. Of course, you have to be organised, keep clean sheets and be hard to play against, but you also need to get forward and create opportunities to score goals.
"With his pace, Albert is a great goal threat for us and a great outlet. Having a player like that on board helps the entire squad."
The transfer deadline came and went without there being any comings or goings at Ashton Gate.
Head coach Sean O'Driscoll will wait for the loan window to open next Friday before strengthening his squad.
In the meantime, he is looking forward to working with Adomah when he returns from South Africa later this month. And he is confident Adomah's transfer value will rise if he helps Ghana win the Africa Cup of Nations and keeps City in the Championship.
O'Driscoll told The Post: "I'm looking forward to it, because I want to develop people and try to improve them. If he's worth a couple of million now, he could be worth up to three or four million by the summer.
"He is obviously a key part in Ghana's success in the Africa Cup of Nations and let's hope he can bring the confidence gained back with him to help the group."
As an opposition manager with Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest, O'Driscoll has previously been charged with the task of finding a way to stop Adomah. He is now relishing an opportunity to get the best out of the Londoner.
City's head coach said: "He carries the ball really well and can get you up the pitch, he works hard and has a fist-class attitude. He is not one of those typical wingers who stands out wide and is a waste of space if he does not get the ball. He is a modern-day winger, who can work in all the key areas of the pitch.
"He can defend with his full-back, work hard in midfield and be creative in the final third. You don't play for your country and attract the interest Albert has attracted, without being a good player.
"What I don't know about is his character, but everyone I have spoken to says he is a lovely lad and a great person to have about the place.
"He is one of those people you want to see do well and I'm sure that will continue when he returns."