Portsmouth assistant urges QPR loanee Wheeler not to lose heart

David Wheeler has been urged to maintain his patience as he awaits a Pompey opportunity.

Monday, 5th November 2018, 4:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 3:38 am
David Wheeler in Carabao Cup action against AFC Wimbledon on a rare start. Picture: Joe Pepler

The winger was given three minutes off the bench in place of Ronan Curtis during Saturday's 1-0 win at Bradford City.

It represented the QPR loanee's first appearance in six matches '“ a period which also saw him sidelined through injury.

Wheeler arrived at Fratton Park in August seeking regular first-team football, yet has been handed only two starts '“ neither arriving in the league.

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David Wheeler in Carabao Cup action against AFC Wimbledon on a rare start. Picture: Joe Pepler

Instead, the former Exeter talent has watched Jamal Lowe continue his excellent form.

And Joe Gallen doesn't want the 28-year-old to lose faith in his first-team chances.

Pompey's assistant boss said: '˜We say to all of the players to be ready and, when asked, to perform well.

'˜Dave is a very good player and someone we like very much.

'˜But with the team remaining unbeaten and Jamal Lowe playing very well, he can't get into the team.

'˜I think the frustrations are there, but Dave's not one of those guys.

'˜Some people do express their frustrations pretty clear. But when I have spoken to Dave he's said 'Jamal is doing so well'.

'˜If he felt Jamal wasn't doing too well I think he would be saying it, but he hasn't really said too much.

'˜He's looking at that position Jamal is in. That's where he plays and where he wants to play, so I think if he was to get an opportunity he wouldn't let us down.'