Second Pompey youngster joins Stoke

Elliot Wheeler has left Pompey for Stoke. Picture: Robin Jones
Elliot Wheeler has left Pompey for Stoke. Picture: Robin Jones
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Stoke have snapped up a second youngster from Pompey this summer.

The Premier League club have swooped to recruit attacking right-back Elliot Wheeler.

The former Blues Academy player follows Alex Grant to the Britannia Stadium and will link up with their under-21 set-up.

Wheeler, from the Isle of Wight, was among five first-year professionals out-of-contract this summer.

Guy Whittingham made moves to keep him, albeit on restricted terms to fit into his budget.

That consisted of a possible half-season loan to help fund the wages of a promising player who suffered injury problems this season.

Instead, Stoke have now stepped in to sign up the 19-year-old, who links-up again with Grant.

Whittingham said: ‘We offered Elliot a compromise if he would like to stay here.

‘That meant there was always the chance of him going elsewhere and now he has joined Stoke.

‘They have not got many players for their under-21 squad and that is why they are recruiting at the moment.

‘I am not saying whether Elliot is good enough or not good enough, that is the situation.

‘With Alex and Elliot, if we could have afforded to keep them we would but we are where we are.’

Wheeler never made a first-team appearance for Pompey after climbing through the ranks.

A car crash at the start of the season badly injured his arm, ruling him out of the Capital One Cup clash with Plymouth.

In his absence, nine teenagers made their debuts in the 3-0 defeat.

Fellow first-year pros, George Colson and Dan Thompson, have been released this summer but Dan Butler has signed a new deal.