COLIN Cooper hopes to tie up a loan deal for Middlesbrough’s Christian Burgess today – and he is tipping the defender to make a big impact at Hartlepool United and beyond.
The 21-year-old student signed for the Riversiders 12 months ago and has continued his history studies at Teesside University.
But Burgess is well thought of at Boro and Cooper believes he will prove a major asset to Pools over the coming months.
“We’ve agreed a loan deal and hopefully that will be finalised this week,” Cooper explained, “Which we’re delighted about.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Christian will play for Middlesbrough in his football career.
“So for us to have him at the moment it shows that Tony (Mowbray) believes his development is ongoing.
“He has played for Middlesbrough in pre-season and I feel he will do well here.
“He will be an asset to this football club over the time we have him.
“We will reassess at Christmas and see what happens beyond that.”
Cooper added: “Christian is someone I have a lot of time for.
“I have watched him since he came into Middlesbrough.
“If we’re going to do what I really want to do here, then we’re going to need players who can defend the goal and players who can handle a football – he can certainly do both.”
And Cooper believes Pools are fortunate to have both Burgess and young centre-back Jack Baldwin on their books at Victoria Park.
“What we have to understand with developing players is that, every now and then, they might drop a mistake,” he said.
“But they will be trying to do it in the right way.
“Jack is the same and I believe he will play at a decent level if he listens and takes on board what we tell him.
“So for us to have two young lads like that backed up by the likes of Peter Hartley and Sam Collins bodes well.”