Barnsley: Cole ‘chip off old block’

Devante Cole has impressed for Barnsley
Devante Cole has impressed for Barnsley
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Danny Wilson hopes young striker Devante Cole will blossom at Barnsley.

Manchester City loan hitman Cole scored on his home debut in the Reds’ fine 4-1 win over Gillingham.

And Wilson is confident the 19-year-old has a bright future, just like his father Andy did on the way to memorable careers with Newcastle United and Manchester United.

“I’m sure he’s got ambitions to play at the highest level like his father, but you’ve got to start somewhere,” said Wilson.

“If this is the start of his great career, then we’re only more than happy to give him that start.

“He’s got that pace to get down the back of defenders and shows a lot of brightness. He’s very similar to his father.

“If he gets a quarter of the goals his dad got in his career then he’ll be happy.

“He offers us a great deal. He’s still very much in the development side of his career but scoring on his league debut will give him great confidence.”

Teenage terror Cole has joined the Reds on loan until January 5 with the aim to get games under his belt.

And although he has only so far featured as a sub it’s surely a matter of time before the teenager gets a starting chance.

His sweetly-taken right-foot volley was a lovely goal to kick off his career at Oakwell.

And Cole will no doubt be hoping there’s many more goals like that to come as he tries to earn that regular starting berth.

“Devante offers a different dynamic to the team. He can hurt teams,” added Wilson.

“He’s very measured and calm and collected about what he does, but to score on his home debut is a dream come true. I bet inwardly he was jumping around everywhere.

“At the moment there’s no extra pressure on the strikers because they’ve all scored. All strikers need to score, so it’s good to have everybody off and running.”

The Reds have picked up seven points from their last three league outings and make the long journey to take on Yeovil Town this Saturday.

“We wanted to keep the momentum going, so the last three games in particular have been encouraging,” reflected Wilson. “We’ve done well but it’s only something to build on.”