Cort can be a big player - Sir Bobby

Last updated : 02 September 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Presuming that he’s not referring to the former Wimbledon man’s 6’ 4” frame that can only mean he is planning to recall him to the first team, if only for the Carling Cup.

Sir Bobby told The Journal: "Carl Cort is going to be an important part of our squad this season so I stopped the move to Southampton.

"I do not want him to leave the club because I still have a lot of faith in his ability. When he first came to the club he looked superb alongside Alan Shearer and he did very well for us.

"We did our research and we knew what a good player he was. It's not his fault he has been injured the whole time, he has just had terrible luck.

"Every time he has been on the verge of getting back into the first team he has had another setback.

"He has picked up injury after injury and I really feel for the lad. They are genuine injuries and he has been very low after all the misfortune he has had.

"I've had a chat with the boy and I've explained the situation to him. I've told him to pick his chin up and get back to the player he was.

"He can be a big player for us this season, I know what he is capable of.

"With Craig Bellamy injured I cannot let a player of Carl's ability leave the club. We have a big squad here to ensure we don't suffer too badly from injuries and he is very much a part of that philosophy.

"I know it has been very tough for him, mentally and physically, and he has been very down at times. But we've got to lift him up, we've got to motivate and get his confidence back.

"He is still only 25 years old and he has got the ability to get back to being the player he was when he joined.

"I just hope for us and him that he has some better luck with injuries because it is only those that have held him back. We are in the Premiership, the FA Cup, the Worthington Cup and Europe. We've got a lot of games to play and I want him to be involved."