Dicko’s ‘big future’ could involve Pool

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NOUHA Dicko is open-minded about a return to the seaside, but he has had no talks as yet with Blackpool FC about coming back.

The Wigan winger has returned to his native France for the summer.

He spent the second half of the season on loan at Blackpool, where he improved as time went on and had become one of Ian Holloway’s favourite players by the end of his stay.

Indeed, the manager considered starting Dicko down the middle at Wembley, when Gary Taylor-Fletcher was ruled out with injury, but finally opted for the experience of Kevin Phillips.

Dicko came off the bench for the final few minutes, though by then it was too late for him to change the course of the match.

It made for a disappointing end to a Blackpool stay which, in general, was a success, as a return of four goals from ten appearances suggests.

Holloway said: “Nouha really does have some talent. He is still raw but his pace is frightening and he just kept getting better while he was here.

“His goal in our final home game against Burnley was terrific and it showed everything he is about.

“The lad is a very exciting talent and it is just a shame he isn’t ours. He has a big future.”

Dicko has only just turned 20, celebrating his birthday in the week leading up to the play-off final, and may be considered too raw to break into Wigan’s Premier League team next season.

That opens up the possibility of another loan. Pool are sure to enquire about that over the summer ... and the lad himself would not be against the idea.

Dicko said: “For the moment I will go back to Wigan to do the pre-season with the first team. After that, we will see.

“I don’t know if I will come back at any point. We haven’t talked about it. Maybe ... I really don’t know.

“But I enjoyed my time at Blackpool. Whatever happens I will never forget it and I love the Tangerines.”

Dicko is still disappointed he couldn’t cap off his Seasiders spell by helping the club back into the Premier League.

He added: “I can’t help but be very down after that Wembley defeat.

“Both teams had their chances but we did not take ours. We had some very good opportunities on the day but we didn’t score.

“Now West Ham are in the Premier League and we are all disappointed.

“The manager told us afterwards that he was very proud of us and that we were very unlucky on the day.

“He told us that is football. It’s the way it goes sometimes.

“I think we played very well. Even in the first half, when it was more even, we had the clearer opportunities

“I think we can be very proud but disappointed because we missed some great chances. If we had scored those, I think we would have won that game.

“But it is back to work now and I hope next season it will be Blackpool who get promoted.”

Dicko had no problems with Holloway’s decision to leave him on the bench, only bringing him on after West Ham’s late winner.

“Of course I wanted to get on sooner, but I always trust the gaffer,” Dicko added.

“He knows what he is doing, so I knew that if I didn’t come on he had a reason.

“It is just unfortunate that on the day the luck was not on our side. But I hope next season it will be.”