Triallist would be a ‘big hit for Pompey’

Pompey triallist Mustapha Dumbuya.  Picture: Steve Reid
Pompey triallist Mustapha Dumbuya. Picture: Steve Reid
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Mustapha Dumbuya has been backed to be an attacking hit for Pompey.

That is the verdict of fellow Blues triallist Simon Gillett, who played alongside the swashbuckling right-back at Doncaster for two years.

The 24-year-old Dumbuya stood out among Pompey’s triallists during the 10-day training camp in Spain, with some impressive displays in both friendlies.

A free agent this summer after Rovers opted against offering him a new deal, Michael Appleton has confirmed he is looking to give the former Grays Athletic man a contract.

Like all of Pompey’s targets, the deal hinges on the club being able to ship out their big-earners to avoid liquidation.

But if that happens, Gillett is convinced Dumbuya will prove to be a shrewd signing.

He said: ‘Muzzy is a good lad and very, very quick. You will not see many people on the football pitch quicker than him.

‘He can get up and down the pitch from right-back, has good energy and, being so quick, is difficult to get past. He can offer plenty going forward.

‘Unfortunately, he didn’t play so much last year and had a loan spell at Palace. That was just down to the opinion of the manager (Dean Saunders) and we all know in football about your face fitting sometimes.

‘Muzzy is a good player, though, and can offer you things going forward

‘Last year when he did play he played in a number of positions and can also play further forward as a right winger, but I think you are more likely to see him in the right-back spot.

‘He is also good on the ball and will keep it for you, which is important for any full-back.’