Erik’s role is not yet decided

Erik Huseklepp
Erik Huseklepp
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Erik Huseklepp’s best position has yet to be decided.

The Norwegian forward, who was in the Pompey squad for today’s trip to West Ham, failed to make an impact as a striker on his full debut for the club in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff last time out – but impressed in a short substitute appearance out wide against Bristol City.

Earlier this week, compatriot Claus Lundekvam suggested Pompey will only see the best from him in a wider role and Blues boss Steve Cotterill admits he is still considering how best to use his new recruit.

Cotterill said: ‘We’ve got to find out what is Erik’s best position, first and foremost.

‘He can play up front, off the striker, wide right and wide left so we need to find out what is best for him.

‘But I’m quite happy with his flexibility in all of those four positions.’

Huseklepp was not alone in failing to shine in a poor first-half display from Pompey in their last outing before they improved after the interval.

But Cotterill believes the quality of the service was also to blame, with the former Bari man left to chase long balls for much of the game.

Cotterill said: ‘Erik was disappointed with how he was against Cardiff and he never ever quite got in the game.

‘It was probably because there were too many long balls put towards him in the first half and they were too straight.

‘There should have been another pass in us to then get down the sides and get him one-on-one with their defenders.

‘Ever since I have been here, I wanted to play good football and we have played good football for the most part.

‘So no-one is more irritated than me when we don’t play it.’