Sunderland coach hopes for Cook boost

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KEITH Bertschin hopes Jordan Cook can attract some suitable suitors to take the Sunderland forward on loan.

Cook grabbed both goals for the second string in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Swansea before being forced off just before half-time with a hamstring strain.

The 21-year-old spent the final two months of last season at League One Walsall, but Sunderland are likely to only let Cook leave the Stadium of Light on loan again for a club further up the football pyramid.

Reserve team coach Bertschin said: “He’s had a little taste of League One at Walsall and I think he’ll hope that a decent club comes in for him on loan and we’ll see where we go from there.

“Jordan’s playing well at the moment and I think he’s enjoying his football.

“He had a bit of a niggle on his hamstring. I don’t think it went, but he felt something in there.

“We probably missed Jordan Cook a bit when he went off because he was playing really well.”

While Cook impressed at the head of Sunderland’s attack, there was little for Republic of Ireland stopper Keiren Westwood to do at the other end of the pitch.

The summer signing from Coventry City was barely involved in a game spoiled by the strength of the wind.

“It was good for Keiren to get 90 minutes,” said Bertschin. “He speaks well and keeps the back boys on their toes and does all the things you’d expect from a keeper of his calibre to do.

“He hasn’t played in a while and I think he feels better for the 90 minutes.

“He was carrying a bit of a niggle, but it wasn’t serious enough to bring him off.”

The former Black Cats striker added: “It’s a shame when you’ve got a lovely surface, but it’s very difficult to play when the wind is like that.

“Generally, the boys tried to play and bring it out from the back and we got a couple of decent goals in the first half.

“Then we had to put boys out of position and that’s never easy.

“We had a quiet spell in the second half when the game wasn’t going anywhere, but we had a couple of decent chances to finish the game off and didn’t.”