Left foot definitely forward for Pompey boss

Liam Walker is one of the many left-footed players currently in Pompey's team
Liam Walker is one of the many left-footed players currently in Pompey's team
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Pompey can reap the benefits from being heavy on left-footers.

That is the verdict of Michael Appleton, who is revelling in the fact his small squad possesses so many left-footed players.

Jack Compton, Jordan Obita, Brian Howard, Liam Walker and Jon Harley all prefer using their left foot when the ball is at their feet.

Of that quintet, four have started Pompey’s past two matches.

For Appleton, it is a boost to be able to field so many left-footed players in his team. The Blues boss believes they add something extra to the make-up of his side.

And he is continuing to relish having so many ‘natural’ players at his disposal for the season ahead.

Appleton said: ‘What is pleasing is that I have never worked with so many left-sided players. It’s brilliant.

‘I am a big fan. I don’t know what it is and a lot of managers and coaches do say it, but left-footed players are always more natural than a right-footed player.

‘It is probably because you see right-footed players all the time.

‘There’s just something about a left-sided player I like. They seem to be comfortable in possession of the ball.

‘Interestingly, our central-midfield pair in the past two games of Brian Howard and Liam Walker are both left-sided but we don’t look imbalanced.

‘That’s Brian, Liam, Jack (Compton), Jordan (Obita) and Jon Harley who are all left-sided players.

‘And I think it brings a good balance to the team.’

At times, Appleton has switched Compton to the right-hand side to utilise his left foot in a different way.

In addition, Walker made his debut on the right-hand side of midfield at Colchester before coming inside following an injury to Lee Williamson.

Meanwhile, Obita is adamant he can play anywhere across the midfield as he looks to clinch a regular start.

All provide options for Appleton as he heads into Saturday’s match against Oldham looking for Pompey’s first win of the season.