Cotterill faces up to his Pompey loan headache

Scott Sinclair is the type of player who is out of Steve Cotterill's reach
Scott Sinclair is the type of player who is out of Steve Cotterill's reach
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Steve Cotterill is banking on Pompey’s loan ‘reality check’ coming up trumps in the form of David Cotterill.

The Welsh international is set to become a Blues emergency loan after agreeing a switch from Swansea.

He arrives at Fratton Park having failed to make an appearance for the Swans since starting against Leicester on January 3.

Such has been the extent of the winger’s first-team absence, he has even failed to make Brendan Rodgers’ last seven squads.

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old remains a naturally-gifted individual who can operate on either flank.

That, in itself, is priceless to Steve Cotterill, who is relishing using the youngster’s versatility in his threadbare squad.

The Blues boss is under no illusions the fact his new recruit hasn’t played games of late is a minor drawback.

But he insists that is the price he has to pay in the scramble for emergency loans.

He said: ‘David’s had a few games but has not played a lot recently.

‘It’s what you expect, though.

‘There is a reality check in this current window when it comes to getting players.

‘Sorry, but you are not going to get someone coming out of a club’s first team and going out on loan. It’s not going to happen.

‘If I had gone to Swansea and asked about getting Nathan Dyer or Scott Sinclair on loan they would have said “no chance”.

‘You know what the answer will be because I would be the same if anyone ever dared to ask me if they could have Liam Lawrence on loan.

‘It’s the situation we are in, you have to face facts.

‘You have to look at those not playing in first teams at this moment and go for them.

‘They are your targets and that is what has happened with David. He’s out of the first team but available for loan.

‘Then you have Premier League clubs.

‘There are a few players from there I could have got this season but wanted a lot bigger salary than the players I have brought in.

‘It’s what you have to look at – it’s the situation we are in.’