Mick Wadsworth: Andy Monkhouse can be Pools centre-forward for years to come

Goalscorers Andy Monkhouse and Antony Sweeney at the end of the 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe.  Picture by FRANK REID

Goalscorers Andy Monkhouse and Antony Sweeney at the end of the 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID

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MICK Wadsworth today revealed that he is ready to make permanent the transformation of Andy Monkhouse into goal-getting centre-forward, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The Pools boss has kept faith with the 31-year-old in a striking role in recent weeks despite his failure to find the back of the net.

But Monkhouse eventually got his reward for a string of impressive performances with a first goal since March during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United.

Wadsworth is steadfast in his belief that the Yorkshireman – a left-winger by trade – is better suited as a target man and insists he has the armoury to fire a decent goals return.

“Andy’s done very well up front,” he told SportMail. “Some people are jumping up and down asking ‘why is he playing there?’, but he’s done a real good job for us.

“There’s every chance that he could now stay up front permanently.

“He’s learning it fast and I really think he could be a terrific player for us for a few years as a striker.

“I thought about it last year and played him up there a couple of times.

“He’s got all the attributes to be a good centre-forward.

“His heading is terrific and his hold-up play, bringing people into the game, is very good.

“He’s very difficult to play against as well and has definitely got a goal in him.

“They haven’t come this season but I think they will.

“He could have had a couple on Saturday and he’s been very unlucky in recent matches, hitting the bar twice.

“But I must admit I always thought that, once he gets past 30, centre-forward could be his role.

“He’s not going to be galloping down the left wing for ever and I believe it’s a real good use of his ability.”

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