Pompey boss backs stance on Chaplin

Kenny Jackett has reiterated his Pompey stance on Conor Chaplin.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 22nd July 2018, 2:40 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd July 2018, 2:48 pm
Conor Chaplin
Conor Chaplin

Focus returns on the 21-year-old striker following the collapse of the Blues' pursuit of Mo Eisa.

The Cheltenham man is on the verge of a Championship switch to Bristol City, ending the saga surrounding his future.

Jackett must now decide whether to seek an attacking alternative to bolster his squad.

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In the meantime, clubs continue to be interested in Chaplin, although it remains to be seen whether their patience is still intact.

Pompey have stressed the home-grown talent will not depart until a replacement can be recruited.

It's an approach so far proven correct considering how the chase for Eisa fared.

Chaplin was named in the Blues' starting line-up at Swindon on Saturday, featuring for the full 90 minutes.

And he created the second goal, scored by Jamal Lowe, as the League Two opponents were seen off.

 Jackett said: '˜I am not going to do that (sell Chaplin without a replacement).

'˜We haven't got that many players, particularly the centre-forwards.

'˜It's not something I am going to do.'

'˜Oli (Hawkins) and Conor  started on Saturday and, in terms of our strike force looking at our last games, Brett started against Stevenage, Havant and Cork.

 '˜I feel at the right times Ronan Curtis can play up there and Jamal Lowe can bring us some pace too.'