Ex-Pompey coach: Adam Webster can reach Premier League

Adam Webster    Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam Webster Picture: Joe Pepler
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New boy’s bitter-sweet Pompey experience

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Adam Webster is destined to become an established Premier League performer.

That is the verdict of Paul Hardyman, the man responsible for bringing the defender to Fratton Park 11 years ago.

You have to be a bit lucky, for sure, but you also have to have the ability in the first place and there are not many ball-playing centre halves like Adam coming through

Paul Hardyman

Webster will this week join Ipswich in a deal which will see more than £500,000 and Matt Clarke coming to Pompey in return.

It will be the opportunity for the youngster from West Wittering to play regular Championship football.

Hardyman was Pompey’s assistant youth development officer when he recruited Webster as a 10-year-old pupil at East Wittering Community Primary School.

And the Blues’ former first-team coach is adamant the youngster can rise even higher.

He said: ‘I think Ipswich will be a stepping stone for Adam to go on and do something bigger and better in maybe three or four years team.

‘Let’s not forget, he is only 21 – he can use that experience to gain a better knowledge of the game and at 25 will easily be ready to step up again if Ipswich don’t get promoted themselves.

‘I know there were a number of clubs interested in him and he is going to be a top, top player for sure.

‘I think he can get to the Premier League, I honestly do.

‘You have to be a bit lucky, for sure, but you also have to have the ability in the first place and there are not many ball-playing centre halves like Adam coming through.

‘He has the ability, the belief, he has never doubted himself – which is good – and is someone level-headed enough to take that step.

‘I am really pleased for him and for the club because it is recognition everyone has done a good job.

‘Hopefully he will go on further, who knows where he could end up.’