Hartlepool's on-loan Sunderland forward tipped to shine

Sunderland Under-21 boss Andy Welsh
Sunderland Under-21 boss Andy Welsh
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Sunderland striker Mikael Mandron has been told to make the most of his loan spell at Hartlepool United.

The 21-year-old last week joined Ronnie Moore's League Two side on a two-month loan deal and scooped the man of the match award on his debut, the 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.

The French striker claimed an assist in the televised win at Victoria Park.

And Sunderland Under-21 boss Andy Welsh believes the loan spell away from the Stadium of Light is a glorious chance for him to gain invaluable league experience.

“It’s a great opportunity for Mika,” Welsh said.

“He has to now start producing and he made an excellent start against Leyton Orient and got man of the match.

“He has to push on and try and score some goals over these next few weeks to try and put the icing on the cake but it is a big opportunity for him to try and stake a claim.”

Mandron has been a regular in the Under-21s, who currently sit top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table.

He has scored five times so far this season and impressed in the win over Athletic Bilbao which saw Sunderland make it through to the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup as group D winners.

“He has been wonderful and played very well for the Under-21s but we will see what this next step of regular league football does for him," added Welsh.

“Because of our results and because of the performances of some of the players we have had quite a bit of interest and we’ve just got to make sure that it suits individual players and the club.”

Mandron has previously been loaned to Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town last season and after originally returning to the development squad this campaign Mandron has now gone back out on loan, until January.