Time for James Poole to do himself justice at Hartlepool United

TALENT: James Poole. Picture by FRANK REID
TALENT: James Poole. Picture by FRANK REID

MICKY Barron believes it’s time James Poole “did himself justice” and forced his way back into the Hartlepool United first-team.

The 22-year-old was a revelation during periods of last season, twice single-handedly winning games with stunning, solo efforts.

This campaign, however, has been a different story for Poole, the forward having made just 10 starts, scoring one goal.

But Barron has seen a revival in the former Manchester City trainee in recent weeks, and says he should now be pushing for a recall under new boss John Hughes.

“James has to do himself justice,” the Pools coach told SportMail ahead of Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.

“I’m a big fan of his and we saw last season what he is capable of, at times he was brilliant.

“He has got real potential and that ability to do something different.

“In training and for the reserves he has done very well recently, even when he came on at Sheffield United and set up a goal I thought he was excellent.

“But it’s now a case of doing that regularly for the first-team.

“I’m sure he wants to put himself in the manager’s plans and it’s up to him to do that.”

Barron also believes that Poole will fit into Hughes’ footballing ideals.

He was one of the few positives to emerge from the 5-0 reserve-team defeat at Mansfield during the week and scored during the weekend friendly victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients.

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