NOBBY Solano has fired a warning to Hartlepool United’s League One rivals, declaring: “I’m only going to get better.”
Slowly, but surely, the Peruvian is motoring into top gear and has now scored in both of Pools’ last two victories.
His latest strike was a trademark free-kick, curled expertly into the top corner from 25 yards, during Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Bournemouth – a win which lifted Mick Wadsworth’s men to third place.
That goal came on the back of a fine solo effort in the 3-0 success over Bury seven days earlier, Solano drifting by two opposition defenders before poking home.
The double blast has been just reward for the former Magpie, who has at times mesmerised team-mates, managements and fans alike and, at the weekend, even drew applause from the home support.
And, after what he admits was a slow start to his Pools career, curtailed by a groin strain, Solano has promised that the best is yet to come.
“I’m playing well now, but I think I’ll get better,” he said. “The more games I play I’ll just keep on getting better and better – that’s football.
“You need to get to know the players in your team and they need to get to know you. I speak all the time with the lads and say they need to make the move and I will try to give them the pass. They are getting to know my strengths now.
“We are training every day and they’re getting more used to me. That’s good for me and the team.”
And with Solano’s pledge comes a plea to manager Wadsworth.
“I’m trying to fight with Mick for my 90 minutes,” he said, having yet to complete a full game for his new club. “I just want to play as much as possible – 60, 70, 80 or even 90 minutes.
“But the manager makes his decisions when to bring people on and we saw Evan (Horwood) come on for me on Saturday and his great strike won the game.
“I try to enjoy it as much as I can when I’m on the pitch. It’s good, though, because I didn’t play as much last season at Hull.
“But you have to take the manager’s decision because it’s a decision for the team.”