Manager Ian Holloway does not know if match-winner Matt Phillips will be at Blackpool at the end of the transfer window, but has told potential suitors that they face a battle to prise him away from the west coast.
Phillips came off the bench to score the decisive goal in the 2-1 npower Championship win over Leeds at Bloomfield Road, three days after Holloway outed him as having handed in a transfer request amid interest from Barclays Premier League newcomers Southampton.
He was dropped from the win at Millwall as a result, but was reintroduced to the squad and to devastating effect, tapping in the winner after fellow substitute Nouha Dicko had cancelled out Tom Lees' opener for Leeds on a night when the Yorkshire side had threatened to take the points against the run of play.
Dicko and Phillips ensured that did not happen, though, and Holloway was quick to congratulate the former Wycombe man on his performance, while adding that if Southampton or any other side do want to sign the latter before August 31, they will have to change the mind of his chairman, Karl Oyston.
"I watched him in training and knew he could play," Holloway said. "I watched him on Friday and he didn't look right. Interest is interest and an opportunity is when a deal is agreed and that's the only time you (as a player) should know about it.
"Hopefully he'll settle back down and he'll get what he deserves one day with a really good team. I'm not saying Southampton aren't, because they are, but we can be too. We own him, my chairman owns him, but I have to say what a magnificent man he is to handle it the way he has."
Asked whether he expects Southampton to return with a bid, he said: "How do I know that? At the moment I have the most immovable object in Karl Oyston who doesn't want to talk to them, take the money or negotiate. Southampton might not care any more. Who knows? He's my player who played really well."
For Leeds, the result quickly burst the bubble they had blown up with Saturday's season-opening win over Wolves and manager Neil Warnock had few complaints about the outcome.
"Blackpool are a good side. They're better than us. If we finish one place below them, I'll be very happy," he said.
"Even then, after soaking up all their pressure, basic errors cost us the game and that's disappointing. We didn't hold the ball up. The front four were poor at that and it meant Blackpool could sustain pressure."