Team man Colin Nish is our Emile Heskey, says Mick Wadsworth

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HARTLEPOOL boss Mick Wadsworth has likened summer signing Colin Nish to former England frontman Emile Heskey – and the manager insists that’s not a bad thing!

The Pools boss uses the comparison to highlight both players’ often unheralded contributions to their teams.

Wadsworth argues that successive England managers had the much-derided Heskey, capped 62 times, as one of the first names on their team sheets.

And Wadsworth feels much the same about Nish, who is yet to tatse defeat in Pools colours. The centre-forward has scored only once in Pools’ seven-game unbeaten start to the league campaign, but the Pools chief sees the bigger picture and has revealed that Nish’s name normally crops up in post-match conversations with opposition managers.

“The one thing that opposing coaches and managers say to me virtually every week is ‘he’s a handful isn’t he? He did well against our centre-halves’,” said Wadsworth ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Bury.

“I find that very rewarding because I see that and sometimes it’s not noticed very often. I suppose it’s the Emile Heskey syndrome. Some teams he’s played in have done very well and managers always say he’s a big part of what we do.”