Hartlepool United’s Berba-like Wyke hailed

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MATTHEW Bates has praised the impressive impact of Charlie Wyke – Hartlepool United’s very own “Dimitar Berbatov”, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

The 21-year-old striker is on a month-long loan deal from Middlesbrough and has struck twice in three starts for Colin Cooper’s side.

Former Boro defender Bates knows Wyke from when he was still playing at the Riverside, and the 27-year-old said: “We used to call him the cheap man’s Berbatov because he played in that way.

“He is very laid back, good on the floor but good in the air as well. Charlie was outstanding at Wimbledon and is a good addition to the squad.

“He was good away to Cheltenham as well, he was in a losing side but didn’t deserve to be.”

Bates has been impressed with Wyke’s development, technically and physically.

“Charlie has put a bit of bulk on and he has been working hard and is a good character around the place,” added Bates. “You need players like that because one bad character can upset the dressing room.

“But he is not one of them and I’m sure he is enjoying his time here playing football and we are enjoying having him.”

H Michael Woods hit a hat-trick, with Connor Smith also on target, as Pools’ reserves rallied from two down to beat Burton Albion 4-3 yesterday.