SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens says more performances like the one Keshi Anderson produced at Scunthorpe United on Saturday will convince him to keep the forward at the club for good.

Anderson’s attitude has been called into question by Wellens during pre-season and he has been placed on the transfer list after previously being left at home for the club’s summer training camp in Spain for the late payment of a fine.

However, Wellens believes Anderson to be amongst the best players in League Two – and felt his goal-scoring display in Town’s 2-0 victory at Scunthorpe on the opening day of the new season on Saturday season proved that.

The Town boss is therefore eager to see more of the same from the 24-year-old so he can re-establish himself as a key player at the club.

“How many times have I said it? For me, Keshi is probably one of the five best players in the league,” said Wellens.

“Does he show it week in, week out? No – I need to get the best out of him.

“We saw on Saturday that when he is on it, he is an excellent player, and when he is a team member and when he is a good professional.

“I really like Keshi both as a lad and a player, so it is my job to get the best out of him – but he knows now that when he steps out of line, there is no coming back.

“He was been brilliant on Saturday, so we will keep it as it is because if he plays like that, we don’t want to lose him.”

Wellens also confirmed Town are on the cusp of completing another piece of transfer business this summer, with Sidy Sanokho set to sign after impressing as a trialist – most notably in the pre-sesaon friendly win over Melksham Town last Tuesday.

“Sidy will join us on a contract until January 1,” said Wellens.

“It has been a tough one because he played the other night and ran the game and scored a goal from 30 yards, but I have to take into consideration the opposition he was playing.

“We have given him an opportunity and it is a good deal for the club. It gives him a chance to come in and we will see how he does.”

However, one player who will not be coming to SN1 is Wigan Athletic winger Callum Lang.

Lang has been linked with Town in recent days but signed a new contract with Wigan late last week and Wellens expects the 20-year-old to swiftly establish himself as a regular pick at the DW Stadium.

When asked about the prospect of Town signing Lang, Wellens said: “No chance. He will be in Wigan’s first-team squad.

“He is a player I am well aware of and is a good player, but we have got no chance of getting him.

“I think he scored 16 goals last season from the wing, if he goes on loan – which I don’t think he will – he will be going to a higher level.”