MICK Wadsworth today revealed that he is ready to make permanent the transformation of Andy Monkhouse into goal-getting centre-forward, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The Pools boss has kept faith with the 31-year-old in a striking role in recent weeks despite his failure to find the back of the net.
But Monkhouse eventually got his reward for a string of impressive performances with a first goal since March during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United.
Wadsworth is steadfast in his belief that the Yorkshireman – a left-winger by trade – is better suited as a target man and insists he has the armoury to fire a decent goals return.
“Andy’s done very well up front,” he told SportMail. “Some people are jumping up and down asking ‘why is he playing there?’, but he’s done a real good job for us.
“There’s every chance that he could now stay up front permanently.
“He’s learning it fast and I really think he could be a terrific player for us for a few years as a striker.
“I thought about it last year and played him up there a couple of times.
“He’s got all the attributes to be a good centre-forward.
“His heading is terrific and his hold-up play, bringing people into the game, is very good.
“He’s very difficult to play against as well and has definitely got a goal in him.
“They haven’t come this season but I think they will.
“He could have had a couple on Saturday and he’s been very unlucky in recent matches, hitting the bar twice.
“But I must admit I always thought that, once he gets past 30, centre-forward could be his role.
“He’s not going to be galloping down the left wing for ever and I believe it’s a real good use of his ability.”
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