RONNIE Moore admits former non-league winger Ebby Nelson-Addy isn’t far away from making his first team debut for Hartlepool United.
But the experienced manager insists he won’t be rushed into throwing him in.
You never know with Ebby!Ronnie Moore
With Pools now without a win in three Sky Bet League Two matches, some supporters have been calling for Nelson-Addy (right) to be given a chance.
He has been named on the bench for the past six league matches but is yet to get a minute of first team action.
The 22-year-old is comfortable in central midfield, wide right or a more advanced attacking role and Moore says he is desperate to get the nod.
Asked whether Nelson-Addy could a “secret weapon” in the remaining four matches, Moore told SportMail: “You never know with Ebby!
“He has great ability and he is going to be a player.
“Ebby doesn’t just want to be sitting on the bench but he has to remember where he has come from.
“He thinks he is ready but I know he isn’t, he isn’t at the fitness level we really need right now and I don’t want him coming on and picking up an injury.
“But if there is an opportunity for him to come on and play then I have every faith in him doing well.”
Nelson-Addy has been a regular for the reserve side in recent weeks after signing an 18-month contract with the club.
He scored for the second string last week, in a 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers, in front of Moore watching on from the stands at Bedford Terrace.
Moore added: “Ebby scored a great goal for the reserves, he took the ball past three of them from the half-way line, picked his spot and scored.
“That is what he is capable of doing.
“His problem is where do you play him?
“He can play right wing, left wing, either role in midfield, the Number 10 role or up top.
“That is fantastic for me because he gives me loads of options but frustrating for him because he keeps saying ‘if I have that many options, why am I not playing?’.
“It is a catch-22 situation.
“He will play eventually but it will be my decision when.”
Nelson-Addy came up through the ranks at Villa, where he spent 12 years after joining the club aged eight.
A regular for their reserve side, he struggled to break through into the first team and was released in the summer of 2012.
Since then, he has spent time in non-league with Worcester City and Brackley Town before joining Pools.