Potts: I’ll handle physical challenge

Dan Potts made his Pompey debut on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler
Dan Potts made his Pompey debut on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Dan Potts has backed himself to pass the physical test of League Two football.

The West Ham loanee made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Scunthorpe following his arrival from Upton Park.

Potts delivered a sturdy performance in Pompey’s problem left-back position.

The 19-year-old knows he will face a different challenge in the English league’s basement division to what he’s faced before.

But he feels he is equipped to deal with the hustle and bustle he will face after agreeing a month’s stay with the Blues

Potts said: ‘It’s a physical game in the lower leagues.

‘Technically you want to dominate games but physically you want to dominate games as well.

‘I’m more than confident in my own ability – physically and technically.

‘Whatever is thrown at me I will thrive on that challenge.

‘There is nothing like first-team football. I want to benefit the team and I want to win games.’

Potts feels the move to Pompey has arrived for him at the right time of his career.

He has picked up 11 senior appearances to date with the Premier League outfit.

But opportunities have become more limited for him of late under Sam Allardyce, paving the way for him to link up with Guy Whittingham’s side.

He said: ‘It all happened fairly quickly. I got a call Tuesday evening saying Portsmouth wanted to take me on loan.

‘I felt it was the right time to get myself out and try to get first-team football.

‘It’s been restricted for me at West Ham.

‘This was a choice I wanted to make to progress. I want to be playing first-team football and that’s what I’m here to do.’