NEALE Cooper believes Ryan Noble will be a “right good player” for Hartlepool United – but admits he’ll be the final signing of the the current window, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The “emergency loan” deadline closes this evening and, despite talk of “three or four” arrivals, Cooper has only been able to add Noble, as well as the injured Newcastle midfielder Samuel Adjei, to his ranks.
The 20-year-old was thrown his Pools debut against Oldham on Tuesday within hours of penning a six-week deal which keeps him at Victoria Park until the end of the season.
And the Sunderland youngster caught the eye during the 1-0 League One defeat.
So much so, Cooper is backing Noble to make a major impact during his temporary stay.
“The crowd took to him straight away and he could be a right good player for us in the next six weeks,” the Scot said as preparations continued for Saturday’s trip to Yeovil Town.
“It took him the first five minutes to find his feet, but, after that, I thought he was terrific.
“He only met the boys on Tuesday, but I like his character. He’s got a nice nature and the boys will like him.
“I spoke to him before the game and he’s a confident lad – he told me he was desperate to get a couple of goals.
“On another night, I’m sure he would have done that because he got himself a couple of good chances. But he needs support because he was the only threat.”
Noble fashioned a pair of openings for himself against the Latics but was a livewire presence throughout.
Arriving with a reputation as a jet-heeled frontman, the Sunderland-born starlet impressed his new boss with his ability to drop deeper and link play.
And Cooper added: “I spoke to Sunderland and they said they’re working on that part of his game where he comes short, and he did that well on Tuesday.
“His game is going in behind and using his pace, but he’s shown he can come short and get it, control it and bring others in.
“All round, his game was very good and I’m hoping we see more of the same over the coming weeks because that was a very encouraging start.”