Wynter’s Pompey career is warming up

Alex Wynter in action against Burton Albion Picture: Joe Pepler
Alex Wynter in action against Burton Albion Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey opened their League One account with a 2-0 win against Rochdale at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

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ALEX WYNTER is ready to make up for lost time and kick-start his Pompey career.

The Crystal Palace loanee is looking to put a frustrating period behind him with a run of games for the Blues.

Two matches on the bounce have marked the end of the 20-year-old’s time on the sidelines.

And now Wynter is looking forward to showing Pompey fans exactly what he can do.

Wynter’s competitive bow at Fratton Park came to a premature end against Peterborough in the Capital One Cup last month.

A bout of concussion saw to that and marked the start of a three-week stint out.

That stalled Wynter’s progress, before two games in a week against Yeovil and Burton Albion at full-back.

The defender admitted he found the time in the stands difficult to handle.

He is now determined to show the attributes which have him marked as a promising prospect with Palace in the Premier League.

Wynter said: ‘I was pleased to play another league game against Burton.

‘There’s nothing worse than being out of the team.

‘Hopefully I can get a run now.

‘It’s tough and was a challenge being out – it wasn’t easy for me.

‘But now I’m over it, I can hopefully get a run of games.

‘I think I’m reasonably quick and I can get up and down.

‘I feel I’m pretty comfortable on the ball and I’m not fully defensive-minded.

‘I like to get forward and join in, and I think I have the qualities to join in with players like Jed Wallace and Westy (Craig Westcarr).

‘I certainly have belief in my ability and what I can do.’

Wynter has found himself utilised in two different roles by Awford so far in his appearances.

The man who spent time on loan at League One Colchester last season has been used both as an orthodox right-back and wing-back.

Awford feels he can be used in other positions, including in the middle of defence and a holding midfield role.

Wynter offers greater defensive nous as a wing-back than the likes of Ricky Holmes or Jed Wallace, who have also occupied the position.

That’s despite the player never previously operating in the role in his career to date.

The Posh cup game was his first experience of that position.

Wynter enjoyed the opportunity to attack and is happy to revisit that moving forward.

He said: ‘It was the first time I played it at Peterborough in the cup game the other week. It was something I enjoyed,

‘I felt I had a good game there and loved it. I’m happy to fill that role whenever I needed.

‘I’m aware of what is needed.

‘I like to get forward and be effective. It’s better than sitting deep.

‘Playing there is a different role, but I enjoyed it.

‘When I’ve been in youth football it’s never really been a three at the back.

‘It’s been a new experience and I’ve enjoyed it.’