DISAPPOINTED Sam Collins has revealed he is yet to see a “reaction” in training from dropped Marlon Harewood.
The experienced striker hasn’t been named in any of Collins’ squads since he took over as caretaker manager at the start of the month and that won’t change anytime soon.
The 35-year-old has scored just once this season in 11 matches and Collins said he is currently not doing enough to warrant a place in the Pools first team.
On-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke – who is fit to play against Cambridge United on Saturday – has been leading the line this season netting four goals.
Collins said he picks his side based on how they perform in training every day at Maiden Castle, in Durham.
“Marlon needs to show me he deserves to come back into the side,” said Collins.
“I’ve not seen that since I’ve been in charge.
“I judge people from what I see every day in training.
“I left him out in the first place and told him if I got a reaction he would be back in the team – I’m still waiting for that reaction.
“If I don’t see that reaction then things will stay the same.”
Wyke was taken off at half-time against Accrington Stanley with a bug and Collins said he was in no fit state to carry on.
But the Boro Academy graduate is set to start away to Cambridge tomorrow in Sky Bet League Tow.
Collins added: “Charlie should be okay – it’s a bug, but typical Charlie he wanted to carry on, but he couldn’t.
“We had to take him off.”
Collins, who brought in Matt Crooks on-loan from Huddersfield for a month this week, remains caretaker manager and is set to be in the dugout for the weekend trip to Cambridge.
He said the search continues for new blood to boost the struggling Pools squad.
“We still want players in, we have to keep looking as there’s good players about,” said the 37-year-old.
“If we can do it then at some point we will.
“The players here at this moment in time are at the forefront of my mine – who do I pick, what formation do I play?
“We need everybody to put a good performance in tomorrow.
“Sometimes it’s not about how you play, the be all and end all is winning and there’s more than one way to do it.
“It can be ugly and horrible and it’s not always in League Two about the best football team.
“Players have to be prepared to dig in and fight, get their head cut open, fight, be up and ready and that’s what it is all about – enjoying that side of it.”