Hartlepool boss wants more from ‘casual’ winger who can be a BIG threat

Jason Banton in action for Pools
Jason Banton in action for Pools

Ronnie Moore says there is no doubt on-loan Wycombe Wanderers winger Jason Banton can be a big threat in League Two.

But the Hartlepool United boss wants to see more from the “casual” wideman, especially when it comes to helping out defensively.

Banton joined the Clarence Road club earlier this month and has featured as a sub in the League Two games against Dagenham & Redbridge, Barnet and Crawley Town.

The pacy 22-year-old, who came on at half-time in the 2-1 defeat to Crawley, has certainly added a spark to Pools in the final third.

Moore told SportMail: “We needed someone who was going to go by someone and create something for us.

“Jake (Carroll) is a left back playing in that area for us at the moment.

“There was Kudus (Oyenuga) or Jason, I went for Jason because we needed someone who could be direct and put balls into the box.

“There is a threat there with Jason but he is casual at times with it.

“He is one you will pull your hair out with, the modern day winger in League Two will make their manager a bald man.

“There will be times when he does the right thing and times when you are screaming and shouting and bawling over a lack of understanding.

“Certainly defensively, when you have to come back and be two banks of four.

“I don’t think he did that too often.

“He does excite you when he goes forward though and can open the door for you when things are tight, one or two decent balls when you want someone on the end of it.”

Banton is somewhat of a journeyman despite his tender years.

He signed for Wycombe from Plymouth Argyle in the summer and has a multitude of former clubs under his belt.

Banton, from Tottenham, spent his younger days at rivals Arsenal in their academy.

After leaving the Gunners at the age of 16, the Londoner signed for Blackburn Rovers in 2008, playing four times for England U17.

Banton joined Liverpool but left Anfield without appearing in the first-team squad before going on to join Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Plymouth.

The midfielder, who prefers the left wing, has also had loan spell at MK Dons.