Paul Fairclough has surprised and pleased supporters after announcing Nicky Nicolau will be staying at the club.
Fairclough announced only days ago that Nicolau would be one of many leaving the club this summer, but Fairclough said, ‘I have done a complete about turn and have completely changed my mind about Nicolau. I made a mistake in announcing his release.’
Nicolau put in an excellent performance for the final game of the season against Wycombe Wanderers, which may have swayed Fairclough’s decisions, however he did say that who stays and who goes is judged on how the players have performed over the course of the whole season rather than ‘just one second-half performance.’
Nicolau has performed consistently well in the past few weeks, but has constantly been ousted out of his first-team slot by the departing Adam Gross almost whenever he has been available.
The decision to keep Nicolau ends rumours of him being linked with other interested League Two clubs.
Meanwhile fans are convinced Nicolau should be used as a left-winger, perhaps wing-back, after he emphasised his attacking qualities in the Wanderers game, where is smashed a drive against the bar after a clever one-two got him through on goal.
However despite supporters’ approval, with major summer changes from the boss before the start of next season, it is agreed that Nicolau will probably be back-up to whoever occupies the left-side of the pitch regularly.
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