Irish starlet bolsters striking options

Michael Drennan in action for Carlisle. Picture: News & Star, Carlisle
Michael Drennan in action for Carlisle. Picture: News & Star, Carlisle
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POMPEY have landed Aston Villa striker Michael Drennan on a month’s loan.

The 20-year-old will bolster Richie Barker’s striking additions for a busy period of games on the horizon.

Drennan has yet to play a senior game at Villa Park but has spent time on loan at League One outfit Carlisle this year.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international failed to score in six appearances at Brunton Park.

But he has an impressive goalscoring record in domestic and European under-21 football at club level.

Drennan scored six goals in 11 Barclays Premier League under-21 appearances last season.

He also delivered a fine return as Villa won the NextGen Series - featuring 24 of Europe’s top Academies - finishing as the competition’s second highest scorer with six goals.

Drennan will go straight into the Pompey squad for the trip to Scunthorpe, subject to league approval.