Gary Johnson wants to keep hotshot Paddy Madden at Yeovil Town but both manager and player remain coy on their hopes for a loan extension.
The Glovers’ boss suggested both before and after Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat of Shrewsbury Town that he would be keen to broker a deal to retain the services of the Carlisle United man for longer.
After scoring just twice in 18 months for Yeovil’s npower League One rivals, Madden has netted five in four outings, grabbing a brace at the Greenhous Meadow. The Irishman’s form has been integral in the Glovers return to form, helping fire them to four wins in five outings.
Asked whether the Cumbrians would allow 22-year-old Madden to stay in Somerset for longer after Joe Garner fired Carlisle to a 3-1 midweek triumph over Oldham Athletic, Johnson said: “You would like to think so and it depends how Carlisle and the manager feel.”
He joked: “Carlisle won 3-1 and Joe Garner is much better than Paddy, there is no way I would change Garner for Paddy Madden.”
Johnson added Madden’s form came as no surprise: “We are going to have to tie him down or hide him somewhere. This is business and this is football. I read some of the Twitter messages about him before anybody had seen him so we knew he would prove good for us. Now we have got to keep quiet about him and hope nobody notices.”
Madden hailed his team-mates’ role in his success but said any loan extension would be down for his parent club and the Glovers to discuss.
“I am delighted to get the goals and that is always good for a striker’s confidence,” he said. “But it is down to my team-mates to put the ball across for me, I am just there to put it in the net.
“Yeovil play lovely attacking football, the midfielders pick you out all the time with their runs. It has been frustrating with injuries at Carlisle but I always knew that once I got my chance I would show I was capable in this league. The gaffer has given me my chance and I am repaying him.
“I have retweeted (on social network Twitter) a few messages from fans and it is always nice that a few of them are enjoying what I am doing. I want to keep showing them what I can do and push Yeovil further. I am not too sure (about the loan deal), it is between the two clubs to sort out. I am really enjoying my time here and we will see what happens.”
Johnson was quick to console Aston Villa’s Daniel Johnson, who was adjudged to have fouled an opponent for Shrewsbury’s penalty. The midfielder signed a month’s youth loan just hours before.
He said: “If that had been outside the penalty area it would not have been over-zealous but funnily enough it saw the game out because every little shoulder-to-shoulder after that the referee had to give a free kick for and most of them went to us. Daniel will be disappointed but I told him not to be and thanked him as it made us concentrate.”