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‘He’s improved game on game’ - City loanee impressing with Hartlepool United

PUBLISHED: 14:58 27 February 2020 | UPDATED: 14:58 27 February 2020

Timi Odusina is impressing at non-league Hartlepool United. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Timi Odusina is impressing at non-league Hartlepool United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Timi Odusina continues to impress during his loan stint with Hartlepool United, with boss Dave Challinor stating that his physical improvement has made him a better player.

The 20-year-old joined mid table Hartlepool in January after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off. Challinor worked with Odusina at AFC Fylde last season, where he featured on nine occasions to help the Coasters reach the National League play-off final.

"He came into a club at Fylde last year and played a few games at full-back," Challinor said.

"I think, as with a lot of centre-backs, especially young ones when they go out and play men's football, they'll go out and play sometimes as a midfielder or a full-back to find their feet a little bit."

Hartlepool are preparing to face high-flying Boreham Wood on Saturday, with Odusina emerging as a key component of the Pools defence. Challinor explains how Odusina's work to improve himself physically during his spell on the sidelines has enhanced his defensive ability.

Odusina in action for City's youth team. Picture: Nick ButcherOdusina in action for City's youth team. Picture: Nick Butcher

"But he's a year further on, a year stronger, a year more experienced. He had an injury which has kept him in the gym a bit more and he's built physically.

"He has pace and that's a massive attribute for a defender, particularly at the highest level.

"He wants to defend and head the ball, which are attributes that will potentially take him a long way as a defender and I think he's improved game on game," Challinor told the Hartlepool Mail.


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