Charlie Wyke can be main man for Hartlepool United at Portsmouth

Charlie Wyke celebrates scoring his first football league goal for Pools during the game against Shrewsbury. Picture by FRANK REID
Charlie Wyke celebrates scoring his first football league goal for Pools during the game against Shrewsbury. Picture by FRANK REID
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CHARLIE Wyke believes he can fill the void left by the injury to Steve Howard – and says it will bring out the best in him.

The 20-year-old is set to spearhead Pools’ attack at Portsmouth tomorrow, Howard having been ruled out with a hamstring strain.

There remains hope that the veteran frontman will return quicker than the six weeks initially feared, although John Hughes is still looking to bring in a new striker and former Pools man Colin Larkin has been training at Maiden Castle this week.

In the meantime, it will be the burly Wyke who is charged with the task of leading the offensive line.

And it is a role with which he is more than accustomed.

“I was enjoying playing off Stevie and it’s a shame he’s injured,” said the Middlesbrough loanee, who has been operating in a withdrawn position behind Howard.

“I could probably take over his role now and someone else will drop in.

“At Boro that’s where I was playing week-in, week-out.

“I like it, it’s where I’ve played all of my life really.

“I’m big and I can hold the ball up and it suits me.

“I prefer the ball to feet so I can get it down and make things happen.

“I hope it puts me in the position to score more goals.”

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