JACK Barmby has hit four goals in his loan spell at Hartlepool United – none more important than Easter Monday’s winner against Morecambe, writes ROY KELLY.
And boss Colin Cooper believes the teenager will get even better as he grows in experience.
Barmby was calmness personified when he beat Shrimps keeper Barry Roche for the 81st-minute winner – just three minutes after coming on to the field.
“That ability is the reason he is at Manchester United,” smiled Cooper.
“He should be very proud of his impact on Monday.
“The question is if he starts a game can he have the same impact? Generally in his time here he has had that impact.
“But the way he came on and expressed himself was brilliant on Monday.
“He showed no fear and produced an unbelievable finish to win us the game.
Pools, now safe in League Two, finish off the programme at Plymouth on Saturday before hosting Exeter seven days later.
Given Monday’s heroics, Barmby will be in contention to start at Home Park this weekend.
“Jack has been disappointed not to start the last two games,” said Cooper.
“He did not make enough impact against Portsmouth and Chesterfield, hence not starting the last couple.
“He’s proved on Monday the reason why he’s a Manchester United player and we’re grateful to have him.
“When he realises the need to ally the ability he has with what he needs to do for the team when he hasn’t got the ball, then I’m sure he’ll have a very fine career.”