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No change on Hayes stance from Powell
CHRIS Powell this afternoon reiterated his stance that Paul Hayes will only be recalled from Wycombe if he was likely to feature for the Charlton first team.
Hayes has been in prolific form for the Chairboys since joining the League One strugglers on loan and his impressive strike rate has led many fans to demand his return once the striker’s initial 28-day loan ends tomorrow.
But despite the obvious temptation to draft the player back Powell was clear it would only happen if circumstances arose whereby Hayes was needed in SE7.
The Valley chief said: “His 28 days is up on Friday and he is in a good place.
“I’ve spoken to Gary Waddock a couple of times and he is in a very good place.
“He is helping them in their quest to stay in the division, he is scoring goals and getting match time and I wouldn’t want to ruin that.
“When players are in a good place you want to keep them there because you get the best out of them.
“I always knew loaning out Paul would be beneficial to him and to Wycombe if he does the job they want, which he is doing.
“But also the benefits would be to us when after those 28 days if I need Paul back, I’ve got a fit and hungry Paul Hayes who has scored a few goals, is confident and has played. But I would only do that if he is going to be in our 11 or 16.
“It would be wrong of me to bring him back and he is not involved.
“The bonus for us now is he is our player and we can call him back at any time.”
And with the loan deadline set to pass at 5pm, Powell also confirmed there would be no more ins or outs today.
He added: “I very much doubt it.
“I obviously did a lot of business over the weekend and earlier in the week so it is highly, highly unlikely now because I feel we have enough in our squad to see us over the remainder of the season.”
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