MICK Wadsworth has likened summer signing Colin Nish to former England frontman Emile Heskey – and the manager insists that’s not a bad thing.
Rather, the Pools boss uses the comparison to highlight their unforeseen, and quite often unheralded, contribution to the overall effort – indeed, his side are yet to lose with Nish in the team.
There was a reason, argues Wadsworth, that successive England managers had the much-derided Heskey, capped 62 times, as one of the first names on their team sheet.
Nish, too, is a mainstay of Wadsworth’s side and has started all seven of Pools’ unbeaten start to the league campaign.
In that time he has found the back of the net just once – during the 1-1 home draw with Walsall – but the Pools chief sees the bigger picture and has revealed that Nish’s name normally crops up in conversation over his post-game beer with opposition managers.
“The one thing that opposing coaches and managers say to me virtually every week is ‘he’s a handful isn’t he? He did well against our centre-halves’,” said Wadsworth ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Bury.
“I find that very rewarding because I see that and sometimes it’s not noticed very often.
“I suppose it’s the Emile Heskey syndrome.
“Some teams he’s played in have done very well and managers always say he’s a big part of what we do.
“And to be fair I think that’s what Nishy has given us.
“The team is doing very well and we’ve scored goals away from home and he’s a big part of that.
“He takes an awful lot of weight off other players and helps Adam Boyd, who has scored four goals, immensely.”
Wadsworth admits that the former Hibernian striker could possibly do with a couple of goals to compliment his all-round game.
And, while insisting results are the name of the game, he has nonetheless backed Nish to hit the goals trail this season.
“He has got goals and he could do with another one, there’s no doubt about that,” he went on.
“I would like Nishy to score a goal every week but it’s not the be all and end all.
“What he does for the team we’ve seen.
“But if he doesn’t score until Christmas and we keep on getting good results I don’t particularly care, although he is more than capable of going on a good run.”