Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan wants to lock in‑form striker Roy Krishna down to a new contract, believing the Fijian international has the potential to finish the season as the A‑League’s top scorer and challenge for the Johnny Warren Medal.
Rudan says they clearly understand that through success, or where they are at now, that there is going to be interest from other clubs.
Krishna, who is off‑contract at the end of the season, has scored nine goals in 13 games, with two of those coming from the penalty spot as the Phoenix rallied back to score three unanswered goals to beat the Central Coast Mariners 3‑2 last weekend.
His hot form has even been recognised internationally, with the Phoenix’s new all‑time leading scorer earning selection in the FIFA 19 Team of the Week alongside global stars David de Gea and Luis Suarez.
The 31‑year‑old is closing in on Sydney FC marksman Adam Le Fondre, who currently leads the golden boot race with 11 goals, and he appears well on track to surpass the 12 goals he scored during his most prolific campaign, in 2016‑17.
The fact Krishna is now a New Zealand citizen makes him even more valuable to the Phoenix, as he is no longer considered an import.
Rudan says Krishna has the ability to be the top goal‑scorer in the league.
Rudan says Krishna knows he gets a lot of love from him, maybe too much, but at the end of the day they all love him.
He says there is a lot of love for Roy Krishna and they want to get the best out of him.
He says they want to get the best out of everyone and it’s always team effort but Roy wins you games.
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