Northampton Town the destination for Regan Poole ahead of 2017/18 season


Manchester United’s defender Regan Poole has moved to Northampton Town on loan for the entire 2017/18 season. The Welsh defender will spend the whole season playing for the League One club manager by former Newport manager Justin Edinburgh, the man who gave him the chance at his former club. Poole represented Wales in the Toulon Tournament during the summer. Back in 2015, Poole signed for United from Newport and he did well in the reserves in a central defensive role, also playing in the holding midfield position. The Welshman made his first team debut for United under the management of Louis van Gaal against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League at Old Trafford, a 5-1 hammering of the Danish club announcing the arrival of Marcus Rashford.

Edinburgh, a former full-back with Tottenham Hotspur gave Poole his debut as a 16-year-old at Newport, seeing the potential in the young lad, which much of the time at United has shown through. Poole has been compared to Rio Ferdinand, which is a bit premature but it was based on the former England and United captain at a similar age. The fact that Poole will be reuniting with Edinburgh will be a big boost for the player in his big to show Jose Mourinho what he can do in the tough first team environment, which will hopefully develop his game a lot more than the Premier League 2 could. When a player reaches a certain age, competitive first team football offers the best development. Speaking about Poole, Edinburgh said:

“Regan is a player I know well from my time at Newport County and he is an exceptionally talented player. I gave him his debut as a 16-year-old and he is a player with a fantastic temperament and someone who is well ahead of his years.”

Edinburgh, reported by the BBC also spoke about Poole’s ability as a central defender, being comfortable on the ball also being strong and having the best attributes to become a top player in the game. Poole will be pitted against Northampton Town defenders Ash Taylor and Leon Barnett for the upcoming season and if he makes the grade, he could achieve something good in League One. He said:

“He is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball. He is strong, he leaps well and he has all the attributes to be a top, top player. He is mobile and he will complement the other defenders we have at the club well.”

Poole spoke to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo about his loan spell with the Cobblers for the upcoming season. The 19-year-old said that Edinburgh had a huge part to play in the loan spell and that his agent and the Cobblers manager were in contact anyway after his time with Newport County. Poole said:

“Justin Edinburgh had a huge part to play in it. Him [Edinburgh] and my agent were in contact anyway, but when I was at Newport I knew we would reunite again because we got on so well, and to be honest he got me where I am today. He has played a big part in my career so far, and I am back here so hopefully, he can do it again.”

It would seem that Poole has a lot of respect for Justin Edinburgh for giving him that chance as a 16-year-old that he would follow the manager to another club in order to prove himself in a first team environment and enhance his career at Manchester United, if he was able to break into the first team, playing consistently at the highest level of the game. There is a long way to go for Poole just yet, but a successful season will highlight his development and hopefully see him returning to the Old Trafford club next summer with experience under his belt and possibly with a point to prove, showing Jose Mourinho what he has learned in the Football League, possibly helping him into the first team at Old Trafford, which could still happen for him.

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