RONNIE Moore believes former Aston Villa youth Ebby Nelson-Addy will turn out to be a star asset for Hartlepool United – once he is up to full fitness.
Moore describes the 22-year-old winger as “raw and inexperienced” but insists he will turn out to be an excellent signing for the Sky Bet League Two side.
And the experienced boss believes the club could even make some money on him in the future, having signed him on a free on an 18-month contract.
Moore has been excited by his impact in training and he has named him on the bench for the wins over Oxford United and Mansfield Town, with Jack Compton left out of the squad altogether.
The former non-league star can play in a number of positions, leading Moore to praise his versatility.
“Ebby has ability, but he’s been part time and it’s getting up to scratch,” said Moore.
“He is training and working hard after training and he has ability, real pace, can go past people and he’s not far away.
“He’s raw and inexperienced but there’s no fear when they are young – he is just desperate to play.
“Ebby is here for 18 months and I feel in 18 months we could have a hell of a player on our hands.
“We have to develop him and let him do what he can do and it is about now and how he develops.
“He’s played non league but it’s about being a full-time professional footballer and if we can develop him into what I feel we can, then we have a hell of a player who we might even make money on.”
Nelson-Addy, comfortable in central midfield, wide right or a more advanced attacking role, came up through the ranks at Villa, where he spent 12 years after joining the club aged eight.
A regular for their reserve side, he struggled to break through into the first team and was released in the summer of 2012.
Since then, he has spent time in non-league with Worcester City and Brackley Town before joining Pools.