Pompey triallist backed to be Football League hit

Pompey triallist Dan Thompson. Picture: Chris Hatton
Pompey triallist Dan Thompson. Picture: Chris Hatton
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Pompey triallist Dan Thompson has been backed to ‘go all the way’.

That’s the verdict of his Hampton & Richmond boss Mark Harper, who has no doubts the 17-year-old has the potential to succeed in league football.

The powerful striker has been the subject of a bid from Stoke this season following two trials at the Britannia Stadium.

He has also spent time at Newcastle, QPR and Crystal Palace during the past few weeks.

Now Thompson is at Fratton Park, where he is bidding to impress Academy manager Andy Awford.

Pompey are running the rule over the youngster, who has made seven appearances for the Blue Square Bet South side this season.

He sprang to prominence last term when he netted against Woking to become Hampton & Richmond’s youngest-ever goalscorer.

And Harper is adamant any of Thompson’s potential suitors won’t be disappointed if they snapped him up.

He said: ‘Dan is being touted around at the moment, he has been pulled from pillar to post.

‘He has been trialling at a number of clubs in the week and then been available for me at weekends.

‘I have no doubts he can go all the way. This lad is the full package – it just needs somebody to look at him and take him on.

‘Stoke showed a keener interest than anybody. It would be unfair to say what they offered but it was not suitable.

‘They are continuing to monitor Dan’s progress, as are Newcastle, QPR and Palace, who he has gone to recently.

‘It’s no surprise they’re taking an interest, he is a very good prospect for the future. The lad is around 6ft 4in, has a good work-rate, is a good link-up man and a good target man who brings people into play really well.

‘Most of all, I think his attitude is superb. He is great to work with.

‘We had Dan just before his 15th birthday. He then came through our youth development and was the one that stood out.

‘He can only go one way.’