Hartlepool boss hopes Boro overlook Williams form

Hartlepool's Luke Williams (left) in action against Dagenham and Redbridge. Picture by Frank Reid

Hartlepool's Luke Williams (left) in action against Dagenham and Redbridge. Picture by Frank Reid

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LUKE Williams has made a brilliant start at Hartlepool United since his loan move from Middlesbrough.

But Colin Cooper is beginning to fear it may be TOO good.

The Pools boss is trying to extend the 20-year-old’s stay at Victoria Park, along with teenage Jack Barmby, who is on a month’s loan from Manchester United.

But the form of Williams, allied to a goal-shy run by Boro over the same period (they have not scored in 435 minutes), has left Cooper a little worried.

“I’ve spoken to both clubs this week and all they would both commit to is that they will have conversations about the players and let me know as quickly as possible,” Cooper explained.

“Hopefully it will be positive for both players.

“This is Jack’s first experience out on loan. I think he’s enjoying it and hopefully (United development coach) Warren Joyce will be keen for that to continue.

“Luke has done for us and then gets a goal (at Dagenham).

“Straight away it’s raised that Middlesbrough haven’t scored for four games and Luke has scored.

“(Boro) People say why isn’t Luke Williams there ...

“I’m just waiting on conversations with both clubs and I’m very very keen to do something with both players for as long as we possibly can – until the end of the season, great or for another month, great.”

Cooper re-iterated his faith in Sam Collins at centre-half, though he says he has fielded a call or five from various people offering him defenders.

“We have had phone calls about players,” said Cooper, who would only consider a new player if one of his central defenders was lost.

“If Christian or big Sam were to pick up suspensions or injury, we would have a hole.

“As soon as Jack Baldwin left, I had various messages offering us centre-halves, but I know we have players more than capable of coming in and doing a job and Sam is one of them.”