MATTY Dolan’s loan move to Hartlepool United has given boss Colin Cooper a very welcome selection headache, admits assistant Craig Hignett
Pools-born Dolan, 20, signed a month-long deal from Middlesbrough yesterday and will make his debut in this Saturday’s home game with Fleetwood Town.
But exactly where Dolan will be deployed is an issue that Cooper and Hignett will ponder over the coming days.
With teen sensation Bradley Walker having paired well with Simon Walton in the middle of the park in recent matches, Cooper is reluctant to drop either and could instead opt for a three-man midfield.
And Hignett told SportMail: “We’ll have to see (where he plays). He gives us options.
“Simon Walton and Bradley Walker have done exceptionally well in the last few games so it’s not going to be a shoo-in that Matty plays but he will be involved on Saturday.
“Midfield is his spot and we might play him and Simon together.
“That will allow us to release Bradley to go a little bit further forward.
“We might play three in midfield.
“We will have a look at everything.”
Former English Martyrs pupil Dolan was in attendance last night as a youthful Pools reserves side lost 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers.
And the capture of the ex-Yeovil loanee has delighted his former Boro coach Hignett.
He said: “Matty’s been on our radar for a long while so it’s pleasing that he’s signed.
“Obviously myself and Colin know him very well from Middlesbrough and he’s a quality footballer who will hopefully up the standard at the club.
“He’s the type of player who we are trying to bring into the club.”
Whether or not Dolan remains at Victoria Park beyond the initial month will not be known until the current deal expires.
“It’s just a month for now and then we’ll see what happens after that,” Hignett explained.