Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is adamant that Charlie Adam is committed to the club despite question marks over his contract.
The midfielder produced an influential display for the Seasiders in their 2-1 victory over West Brom at Bloomfield Road.
Adam's future is unclear after it emerged he was taking the club to a Premier League arbitration court over alleged unpaid bonuses.
He could end up leaving the club as a free agent if he does prove to be successful, calling the legitimacy of his contract into question.
However, Holloway is hopeful that situation does not arise and expects Adam, who took a painkilling injection before Monday night's game, to stay at the club admitting that he is a key part of his plans.
"Well he's one of my best players so it's a no-brainer isn't it," Holloway said.
"Get in there kid, go and score your penalty, go and pass it.
"His pass got the penalty, some of his passes were fantastic. It was just whether he could do that with that ankle.
"He had a numbing injection with no risk to the joint, I'm happy to do that. Never in doubt.
"But he's scared of needles. Seriously. We had to do it yesterday, because he is literally scared of needles.
"So we had to hold him down. Well done to the boy. If you have got a phobia, then it is very difficult isn't it.
"It just shows how much he wants to play for us. I'm glad he did and hopefully he'll keep doing it."