Matthew Bates believes Hartlepool United have a tough job on their hands to hang on to in-form striker Niko Muir, report the Hartlepool Mail.

The former Hendon man has lit up the Super 6 Stadium since arriving this summer from the Isthmian League.

And despite not notching his third of the campaign over the Bank Holiday weekend, including in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Chesterfield, the forward has shown his class with his movement, touch, ability to find space and bring others into the game. Bates knows if the player carries on like this, he will not be at Pools for very long.

“Niko has been a revelation really,” said Bates. “It is amazing to see where he has come, and watching how good he has been.

“Physically having to withstand the demands of the division, the training – it hasn’t been a problem for him. If he keeps this up he will not be here long. That is the message we have put across to him.”

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