'˜Different class' defender backed to take Portsmouth chanceÂ

'˜Different class' Anton Walkes has been backed to take his Pompey chance.Â

Friday, 2nd November 2018, 3:47 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd November 2018, 4:51 pm
Anton Walkes returns to Pompey's squad against Wycombe. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Spurs academy graduate is set to replace the suspended Nathan Thompson for the Blues' trip to Bradford on Saturday.

The ex-Swindon skipper has been one of the most consistent performers in Kenny Jackett's table-topping side.

Walkes is likely to replace Thompson at right-back and has been handed another prized opportunity. 

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Anton Walkes returns to Pompey's squad against Wycombe. Picture: Joe Pepler

And Tom Naylor believes the 21-year-old is the '˜perfect replacement.'

The midfielder said: '˜Thommo has been brilliant since he's been back in the side.

'˜But we've got a perfect replacement in Anton Walkes if he goes in there.

'˜It's been difficult for him as he probably hasn't played as much as he would like. 

'˜If you're not playing then you're not going to be happy. That's the same with every footballer, it's your job and you want to be playing. 

'˜In training every day, Walkes is a different class. 

'˜He works hard and I'm sure he'll take his chance.

'˜Walkes is good at attacking and defending '“ he is quick.'

Thompson was Jackett's first signing after taking charge of Pompey in June 2017.

The 27-year-old has made 52 appearances at Fratton Park, impressing with his tough tackling and in one-v-one defensive situations. 

Naylor revealed just how difficult it is for attackers to get past Thompson '“ even in training.

The former Burton man added: '˜I played against Thommo a few times when he was at Swindon and he's always been a proper professional.

'˜He's a great lad and a good footballer.

'˜As I'm a centre-midfielder, I always know I can open my body up and he's going to be there.

'˜Even if I need to put a ball over the top I know he's going to be in that gap.

'˜Thommo is a great defender. You can't get past him in training at all, he's a proper right-back.'