New signings sparking Hartlepool United into life – Monkhouse

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EXPERIENCED midfielder Andy Monkhouse says Colin Cooper’s January recruits have given the Hartlepool United camp a much-needed boost, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

The 33-year-old says permanent signing Marlon Harewood and on-loan duo Luke Williams and Jack Barmby are all “good footballers” and is confident they will make Pools, who host Scunthorpe on Saturday, a better team.

Monkhouse has been particularly impressed with 20-year-old forward Williams, signed on loan from Middlesbrough for a month and 19-year-old Manchester United ace Barmby, also at Pools for a month.

Striker Harewood, 34, has started all three matches since signing for the League Two team, while Williams has impressed at the forefront of a new-look diamond formation in the recent 2-0 win over York and Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Barmby, meanwhile, has come off the bench twice, and looked productive in the final third in both matches, producing a wonderful strike in the 89th minute against the Minstermen.

“It is a boost for the lads that are here and new signings always give the place a lift”, said Monkhouse.

“Everyone knows about Marlon, who has been there and done it, but I think he probably just needs a couple of games to get up to speed and I’m sure he will be a big plus for us.

“The two younger lads have done really well, Luke especially has done well in the two games he has played and has been unlucky not to score.

“While, Jack will get better the more games he plays. It doesn’t get much better than when he came on against York City and it doesn’t happen like that every week.

“But they are good footballers and hopefully they will make us better. There is a good squad down and we are just really disappointed that we couldn’t take the win home with us,” said Monkhouse after the gut-wrenching defeat to the Dons which saw Pools dominate possession but come away pointless.