Alex Wynter believes he is ready to thrive in his wing-back role – even though he’d never played the position before his move to Pompey.
The 21-year-old joined the club on a season-long loan from Crystal Palace in the summer.
Although he is attempting to make his way through the ranks at Selhurst Park playing as a centre-back or right-back, his new versatility can only benefit him in the long run.
But it is a steep learning curve for him in Andy Awford’s preferred formation.
Wynter said: ‘Before I came here on loan, playing at centre-back was always where I felt most comfortable.
‘I had filled in at right-back in the past.
‘But I had never played at right wing-back until the Peterborough game in the Capital One Cup.
‘It was a new experience and one I really enjoyed. I enjoy that attacking part of the game.
‘I showed against Yeovil in the JPT I can create a few things.
‘I think I have got something I can add to the team in that role.
‘But I need to do it on a more regular basis.
‘My main job is to defend first. But in this role, I know I need to get up and join in with the midfield and forwards.
‘It will take a bit of time to get that balance right and to understand the position but I think I am improving all the time.’
That cup game against Peterborough proved a mixed night for Wynter as his Blues debut was cut short with a head injury.
And the defender believes he is only just returning to full match sharpness after missing almost a month with the knock.
‘I had that setback with the injury and it takes four or five games to get that fitness and confidence back,’ said Wynter.
‘I’m starting to feel like I am fully there now.
‘Hopefully, this is the start of showing the fans what I can do and repaying the gaffer’s faith.’
Wynter is also determined to end the run of draws with a win at Bury tomorrow.
He added: ‘We need to start turning some of these draws into victories. It hasn’t quite been happening for us as a team.
‘It’s not because of a lack of attitude or effort. You can’t fault anyone for that because we are all giving absolutely everything.
‘Everyone is coming off the pitch with their bodies aching and having run themselves into the ground.
‘We will be doing that at Bury and hopefully it’s enough for a win.’
– STEVE WILSON