AARON Tshibola admits he has seen a “dramatic” improvement in his own game since joining basement side Hartlepool United on loan.
But the 20-year-old insists Pools fans still haven’t seen the best of him as they battle relegation into the Conference.
The central midfielder initially signed for Pools from Championship side Reading on a month-long loan deal but was eager to extend it until the end of the season.
Tshibola said the influence of manager Ronnie Moore was key in him deciding to stay at the Clarence Road club and turning down the likes of Burton Albion, who were also sniffing around.
“It was an easy decision for me to stay, the gaffer was a big factor and I have enjoyed playing under him,” Tshibola told SportMail.
“The team has been brilliant with me and I feel like I am learning every week.
“I didn’t want to ruin that and go elsewhere - having interest from elsewhere is nice to have but I thought it was a good opportunity for me to stay here and play.
“I can see a dramatic improvement in my game and I have learned a different style of play to reserve team football.
“I can only get better and learn a lot more but I have to keep working hard though and not get complacent.
“To get better in every game - that is the aim.”
Tshibola, like the rest of the team, struggled in the 3-1 home defeat to Stevenage at Victoria Park, to leave Pools seven points from safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.
He admits it was a “big opportunity” missed for Moore’s side but he is keen for his teammates to bounce straight back by getting a result away at promotion-chasing Bury tomorrow.
It will be a tough ask, with Bury winning nine of their home games at Gigg Lane so far this campaign.
The Reading loanee added: “Stevenage was a big opportunity for us to close the gap on the other teams above us.
“Those kind of games you have to win, especially being in such good form at home, so it was really disappointing to lose especially in the way we did in front of the home fans.
“Things had been going really well and going into the game we were strong favourites but we didn’t turn up.
“We have tried to forget about the defeat and just focus on having a good, hard week on the training pitches.
“It hasn’t been too negative and nobody has been that down but it is important that we move on quickly, I have learned that.
“You don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves but we know the importance of every game now.
“It is like saying every game is a cup final but we shouldn’t put too much pressure on.
“If we win every game and not think about anyone else then we can get up the league and anyone can beat anyone.
“Bury are a good team but the way we have been playing we can get something if we give 100 per cent and show the correct work ethic.”