JED WALLACE has been told: Stay at Pompey.
Nicky Shorey believes it’s in the best interests of the midfielder to remain at Fratton Park, in the wake of the latest round of speculation over his future.
Reports last week that Brighton were preparing a bid for the 21-year-old proved wide of the mark, with the Blues not receiving any offers.
But there has been constant talk surrounding Wallace since he broke into the first-team picture at Fratton Park.
Wolves, Leeds, Stoke and Peterborough are just some of the other sides he’s been linked with in the past.
Wallace committed his future to Pompey in the summer, however, when he inked a new three-year deal.
And that has paved the way for the most consistent goalscoring form of his senior career.
An excellent 11 strikes have been registered so far from a wide position in midfield.
Former England international Shorey knows there will be suitors for Wallace’s services with a return like that.
But he feels the youngster has a long way to travel yet in his football education – especially from a mental perspective.
And the hugely-experienced defender believes Wallace is best suited to doing that at Pompey.
Shorey said: ‘I understand why Jed would attract interest from sides.
‘But, of course, I’d like to see him stay here as well.
‘He has a bit of confidence about him but I don’t mind that because I think that is needed to succeed.
‘If you are going to do well at anything in life you need a bit of confidence and to back yourself.
‘Jed’s a good lad as well and works hard on his game.
‘There’s no doubt he’s got the talent to go a long way in the game.
‘Maybe he needs a little bit more time to hone that talent and really learn about the game.
‘When I say that, I’m talking mentally because he has all the right physical attributes other people do not have.
‘He has every chance to go far and I wish him all the best in that.
‘He’s still young and he’s still learning the game. Jed’s at a good place to do that.
‘He can go higher but I think he would benefit from staying here for now.’
Wallace’s performance in last Saturday’s defeat at Newport County was one of the highlights from the trip to Rodney Parade.
The man, who arrived from Lewes in 2011, revelled in a narrow four-man midfield, which afforded him the freedom to threaten with his deep-lying runs.
Shorey felt the approach got the best out of Wallace.
He said: ‘Jed gets in some very good positions.
‘He gets on the ball and commits players.
‘I thought he impressed in the midfield at Newport, along with the other lads in there.
‘He was given good back-up to give him the freedom to get forward – and it worked well for us.’