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Ollie tells Adam to keep it simple


Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has urged out-of-sorts club captain Charlie Adam to keep things simple over the remaining weeks of the season.

Adam has been one of the Seasiders' star performers in their maiden Barclays Premier League campaign and was among the shortlisted nominees for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award won by Tottenham's Gareth Bale last month.

"He's that important to us that if he plays well, we play well," Holloway said. "What he has got to do is make sure he plays simply, quickly, nicely and neatly, and forgets all these shots from the halfway line because that is not really going to help anybody when you are not on form. That's not the way to get back in the game."

He added: "Luckily some of the lads, particularly in the last two games, have raised their level and made up for him not being quite up to his normal level.

"It will always be difficult for Charlie to be able to play to his level and stand out.

"We have spoken about it and I've put on some training this week for him and the rest of them to get it into their minds what is important.

"For 75% of the time you should be playing it nice and simple to your team-mates and 25% of the time you should be looking for a long diagonal if one is on.

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"At the moment I would suggest that he is getting that balance slightly wrong."

Although acknowledging it would be unrealistic to expect the 25-year-old to maintain his performance level throughout the entire season, Holloway insists Adam is not undroppable.

"He is a great player, a great lad and he's allowed to be not totally on top form sometimes," Holloway said. "But if he goes too bad I might leave him out. I've got some other people here who are probably thinking 'are you ever going to do that?' So I'll have to think about that."

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