My opinions on our former striker :
First of all like all Tranmere fans, I was gutted when the big man left.Hes a goalscorer, and if fed (no pun intended Cookie!) right, he will get you goals even at L1 level.I remember the first time I saw Cook, during the warm up against his former club Barrow who we had just signed him from, and thinking ‘blimey, hows he a footballer?’ But little did I know he would smash us back to the Football League.When you look at Cook’s physique you will raise your eyebrows, and even more so at the size of his gut.But don’t be fooled, as Cookie gets by fine, and keeps up with the game.He’s not pretty on the eye but he scores goals, and that’s what strikers get paid for.He did it well for us anyway at 25.5 goals per season over the two years, and that strike rate could of been a lot better, given how many matches he missed.
Cook’s probably the best ive seen in the air at Tranmere for 20 years.If Keates has players who can cross a good ball, then Cook will head home half (at least) of them.Its the aggression he shows to get there and hes a nightmare to defend against.Dont worry though, he can also play on the deck and put them away with either foot.Ive seen him score 4-5 25 yarders, and a 35 yarder (Eastleigh at home) top corner, so the good thing for you is he scores all types of goals.
Cook plays with plenty of aggression, which I loved.Hes also abit of a wind up merchant towards opposition fans after scoring against them.Maybe part of this was them calling him a fat ******* , for Cook to then head the ball into their top corner.I think its in his nature though, but it adds to the atmosphere, which is a good thing.
Cook’s not a striker who will run the channels, or put in a mega shift.But hes someone who will always score goals.Providing Keates plans to play him from the start and gives him crosses, he will do well for you.Cooks not perfect, and hes only ever played non league, but he deserves this chance after over 100 goals in the last 4 seasons.Get behind him and don’t worry when you first see him in person