Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper has a need for speed in the transfer market

Neale Cooper wants to inject pace into his side.
Neale Cooper wants to inject pace into his side.

NEALE Cooper hopes to delve into the January transfer market after being disappointed with his early look at the Hartlepool United playing staff.

The new boss has made no secret of his shock at the lack of pace throughout the squad and a lack of options in certain areas of the pitch.

He’s now witnessed back-to-back defeats since returning to Victoria Park last week and is well aware of the direction in which Pools – now in 17th – are headed in League One.

Cooper has, though, been impressed by the attitude on the training field of his new charges, but he admits the personnel could do with strengthening over the coming weeks.

Loan deals will be the only avenue available to the Scot and he’ll this week speak to chairman Ken Hodcroft about exploring that possibility.

And it is that issue of pace which Cooper is keen to address before anything else.

“What I’ve noticed in two games is that, in general, there’s a lack of pace,” he told SportMail.

“It’s such a big thing in football – it’s great to have that out-ball in behind their defence.

“If you look at our strikers – other than James Poole, who I hear has pace – then they’re not fast, they want balls in to feet.”

Read Cooper’s thoughts in full about Hartlepool’s squad in today’s Sportmail.