Hartlepool Utd star needs to put in extra work

DEAL ... Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper has been impressed by Samuel Adjei.
DEAL ... Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper has been impressed by Samuel Adjei.

NEALE Cooper says Nathan Luscombe needs to do “extra work” on the training ground at Maiden Castle before returning to the first-team fold, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 22-year-old has found himself out in the cold since being handed a start in Cooper’s first full game in charge at home to Scunthorpe United in early January.

That outing ended in a 2-1 defeat and Luscombe was substituted on the hour mark.

The former Sunderland trainee has not been seen since and Cooper believes the midfielder needs to prove a thing or two on the training field if he is to win a senior recall

“Nathan played against Scunthorpe and had an opportunity,” the Pools boss told SportMail.

“I was told how direct he is and that day he wasn’t.

“There’s a lad screaming out for a game and here’s his chance in a role, wide left, where he likes to go past people.

“But his first pass? Straight back to the keeper and he never got by anyone.

“I was disappointed with that performance, but he has to prove to me he’s good enough and is ready to come back in.”

He went on: “In training he has to keep working hard, but he can do something special on the ball.

“He needs to do extra work, physical work, because he has ability. He’s got something there.

“He’s a boy who has to look after himself and keep in shape and you get that through hard work.”

Meanwhile, Pools will again be without James Poole for Saturday’s visit of Notts County.

The club appear no closer to finding a solution to the striker’s lingering hamstring problem and his absence now looks set to stretch towards the back end of the month. at least.