Allan: Pompey switch was a no-brainer

Scott Allan
Scott Allan
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New boy’s bitter-sweet Pompey experience

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It was one of the brighter debuts of recent Pompey times.

While others have taken time to adjust and needed a few games to start showing their potential worth to Pompey, new-boy Scott Allan already looks like he will add energy and pace after his promising bow in the 0-0 draw with Leeds on Saturday.

On first viewing for many Blues fans, he could just be that extra spark that has been missing in the attacking third in recent weeks.

And after being given the option to make his own choice by West Brom boss Roy Hodgson on whether he joined the Pompey cause, the 20-year-old had no hesitation.

Allan said: ‘My main aim is to get in the West Brom first team in the future but playing in the Championship is a great learning curve for me.

‘The manager (Hodgson) left it up to me.

‘He asked me if I wanted to go rather than telling me I needed to go.

‘For me it was a no-brainer.

‘I just wanted to come and play football. For me that is the most important thing and to get back playing again.

‘So I’m looking to get games under my belt, give 100-per-cent for the club and hopefully help keep us up.’

It’s been a frustrating period for the former Dundee United man.

He made just nine first-team appearances for the Scottish outfit in the first half of the season before his January move to West Brom.

But before Saturday’s encounter, Allan had not featured in first-team football since a 2-2 draw with St Mirren back on December 28.

And he is certain he will improve with more games and match sharpness.

Allan said: ‘I’ve been playing in the reserves and been on the first-team bench at West Brom, so for me to be playing proper football again is brilliant.

‘I have played only three reserve games since I have been at West Brom so I am still trying to get my match sharpness and match fitness and hopefully I can improve on Saturday’s performance.

‘I started the season at Dundee United and fell out of the team and then moved on to West Brom so for me I am just glad to be back playing again.

‘Football is football, you are going to enjoy it.’

Since the loss of Erik Huseklepp to Birmingham, Blues boss Michael Appleton found his attempts to bring in new loan recruits falling on deaf ears from other clubs around the country.

But his request for another favour from the Baggies was accepted by Hodgson.

And it’s no surprise that there is now a distinctly West Brom flavour to the Pompey side at present.

Allan said: ‘I know George Thorne from West Brom but the other boys have been brilliant as well.

‘Everybody just wants to concentrate on the football side of things and help keep the club up.’