Atangana: Jed can get to the top

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Wallace reaches 15 goals following superb Carlisle strike
  • Pompey face play-off hunting Plymouth today (3pm)
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Blues midfielder Nigel Atangana is convinced Jed Wallace is heading for the Premier League.

The 21-year-old turned in a magnificent display at Carlisle on Saturday as he continues to catch the eye of a lengthening queue of scouts.

Jed has had a great season, and scored some worldie goals but on Saturday it was the best I have seen from him by far

Nigel Atangana

Andy Awford’s men appeared set for a 2-1 Brunton Park victory following two moments of Wallace brilliance in the first-half.

A magnificent right-foot strike from distance and a sublime cross delivered from the left had put the Blues in control.

The struggling Cumbrians grabbed a last-gasp leveller, but it couldn’t detract from the highly-regarded Wallace’s display.

Pompey host Plymouth Argyle today (3pm) seeking to improve on a disappointing record of one win in the last eight fixtures.

And once again a key player will be the 15-goal Wallace 
– who team-mate Atangana is adamant can go all the way to the top.

He said: ‘Jed is very good and I wish the best for him.

‘I don’t know if he is going to stay for next season, hopefully not for him – but hopefully yes for the team!

‘He’s a very good player and in two or three years I think he can play in the Premier League, I hope for the best for him.

‘It was a wonderful goal. Jed has had a great season, and scored some worldie goals but on Saturday it was the best I have seen from him by far.

‘His assist for Matt Tubbs was also brilliant.

‘I had never seen Jed play and also hadn’t heard about him before I moved to Portsmouth (from Havant & Waterlooville).

‘But I can see he has skill, a good shot, a good cross and is a very good footballer.

‘Coming from France, he is different to players over there. He is what I would call an English footballer who can run for 90 minutes and do lots of great things.

‘I have never played with anyone else like him in this country.

‘Against Carlisle he changed the game, you need a player like that when it is not going well.

‘I believe it will be very difficult to keep him, he is a young lad and I think he should play in divisions above.’

Plymouth visit Fratton Park hoping to bolster their play-off bid during the final month of the campaign.

They stand in seventh spot – 11 points ahead of Pompey – and drew 1-1 against leaders Burton Albion at the weekend.

John Sheridan’s side inflicted a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture in November, a televised game when the Blues turned in one of their poorest displays of the campaign.

And Atangana is seeking an improvement today.

He added: ‘We are all disappointed about the Carlisle result and must pick ourselves up for this one.

‘We didn’t play very well in our last home match and we need to work hard to put that right.’