Gary Bowyer hopes Callum Cooke’s first goal for Blackpool is a sign of things to come.
The attacking midfielder, on loan from Middlesbrough, opened his account for the club by finishing off a fine, team move against Doncaster Rovers last weekend.
Since that moment the 20-year-old has revealed that he often watches clips of former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in an attempt to time his runs into the box and find the back of the net.
“That’s a credit to him and a credit to his club, Middlesbrough, for the education that they’ve given him,” the manager said.
“We’re obviously providing him and the others with an opportunity where they can go and produce that on a match day in a competitive league. The timing of his run (against Doncaster) was excellent and, for me, he’s got the ability to score a lot of goals. Hopefully that’s the start of it.”
Cooke, who scored four goals in a similar loan spell with Crewe Alexandra last season, will hope to start the forthcoming league match against Oldham, having replaced the injured Mark Cullen as a first-half substitute at The Keepmoat.
Meanwhile, recent signings Scott Quigley and Sessi D’Almeida will also hope to be involved on Saturday following a full week of training.
“It was a bit harsh to expect Scott to have featured last week when he’d only met the lads on the Thursday and the Friday,” Bowyer explained.
“The pair of them, Scott and Sessi, have had a good week’s training and we’re looking forward to including them in the squad now.”