Dave Challinor hopes former Sunderland winger Luke Molyneux will prove to be like a new signing for Hartlepool United as he awaits first start of the season
Dave Challinor had hoped to have Luke Molyneux back and starting for Hartlepool United in time for their final match of January against Stockport County.
Molyneux is yet to start a competitive match for Pools this season after suffering a serious foot injury during pre-season.
The ex-Sunderland winger was the side’s marquee signing in the summer following an impressive loan spell at Victoria Park last season.
Challinor was planning on unleashing Molyneux against his former club in the Durham Challenge Cup quarter-final this week though the tight scheduling of matches and Pools’ threadbare squad could restrict the 21-year-old’s involvement.
Molyneux came off the bench to play the final half-hour in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. While he may not start against Stockport at the weekend as Challinor would have hoped, the United boss is excited to unleash the young forward.
“Luke is different to what we have and should be a big player for us,” he said.
“I look through the team and the one things we’re looking for is match winners and players who can win games with an individual moment and he’s one that ticks that box.
“It’s about getting him back to a level where he can compete for a longer amount of time and safely. If he can have a positive impact in the final four months then brilliant because he ticks that box in terms of an attacking option and a match winner.
“Hopefully he’ll bring some excitement and some goal threat back to us and prove to be like a new signing.”