CHARLIE Wyke’s performances on-loan for Hartlepool United have caught the eye of his impressed Middlesbrough coaches.
The 21-year-old has spent the past three months on loan at the Sky Bet League Two side but his deal is set to come to an end this weekend.
Pools host fellow strugglers York City at Victoria Park on Saturday and boss Paul Murray is keen to extend Wyke’s loan at the club as they battle against relegation.
His coaches at Boro say Wyke will have to decide whether he wants to stay with neighbours Pools or potentially look to test himself at a higher level.
Paul Jenkins is Wyke’s Under-21 manager at Middlesbrough and he has been impressed with the form of the Academy graduate.
“I am delighted with Charlie’s progression,” said Jenkins.
“I have known him since he was a young boy and I know the attributes that he has and he has developed into a fine footballer.”
Wyke has netted four goals in 14 appearances for a Pools side struggling at the wrong end of the League Two table.
He is without a goal in the last five league matches but he continues to impress with his hold-up play, leading the line for Pools.
It is the second time Wyke has spent time on loan at the Clarence Road club, having also played in the John Hughes’ side that headed towards relegation from League One in the 2012-13 campaign,
Jenkins believes Wyke has developed as a footballer, improving his all-round game, since his first spell at Victoria Park.
“Charlie is a different player to what Hartlepool fans saw initially,” Jenkins told SportMail.
“I’m delighted that he has been on the scoresheet and I know his loan period is coming up in the next few days.
“Charlie and Hartlepool have to talk and see where they see his career going.
“If that is Hartlepool, then Charlie has to decide whether Hartlepool is the right club for him or if he wants to go and test himself at a higher level.
“League Two has definitely benefited him though.
“But at some point he has a challenge to go and test himself at League One or Championship level – if someone will take him – to see where he is at.”
Wyke arrived on an initial one-month loan deal at the end of August under then boss Colin Cooper, scoring on his “second debut” for the club away to Wimbledon.
That deal was quickly extended for a further two months given his form for Pools.
If Wyke’s loan deal isn’t extended, it would leave Murray with just Marlon Harewood and Scott Fenwick, recently signed from non-league, as the recognised strikers at the club.