Northampton manager Justin Edinburgh will look back on the 2016/17 League One season with relative satisfaction, having seen his Cobbler’s side secure a relatively comfortable mid table finish.
Although his side only finished four points above the drop, Edinburgh’s side were more comfortable than the standings suggests, with a number of teams separating them from the bottom four in what was an extremely tight table.
Looking to improve and build upon his current crop this summer, Edinburgh will realise that if his side are to progress, then they must improve their defensive capabilities, having shipped an eye watering 73 goals in the league.
Edinburgh has addressed this issue with the loan signing of Man Utd youngster Regan Poole, in what could be one of the transfers of the summer in the division.
The 19-year-old Welshman joined United from Newport in 2015, and has consistently spent time around the first team set up during his two year spell at Old Trafford.
He is yet to make his league bow, but has appeared for the club in the Europa League, and seemingly has a bright future with the Premier League giants.
At 5 ft 10 in, Poole is not the most imposing of figures, but his spacial awareness and positioning more than make up for his lack of height.
Poole is good on the ball and his time at United will only have continued to develop this sought after attribute, and the player will look to play out from the back, something that will appeal to Edinburgh who likes to get his side’s playing the ball on the ground.
Edinburgh gave Poole his debut as a 16-year-old at Newport, and the youngster will undoubtedly repay the faith showed in him by the boss this season with a series of solid performances for his new Cobblers side.