Brighton boss explains what's next for Portsmouth target after featuring on bench against Newcastle

Graham Potter admitted he will ‘sit down and think about the right pathway' for Pompey target Alex Cochrane's development.

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 12:03 pm
Alex Cochrane was on the bench for Brighton against Newcastle. Picture: Alex Burstow/Getty Images

The left-back featured on the bench for Brighton and Hove Albion in their goalless draw against Newcastle on Monday evening.

The point mathematically secured the Seagulls' Premier League safety for another season.

Cochrane was a surprise inclusion in Potter's squad. He's made just one first-team appearance previously, which was a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup back in September.

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Cochrane has been training with Potter’s men since they returned after the suspension of the season and has made a decent impression on his boss.

He was named as a substitute against Newcastle to cover the absent Bernardo.

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Now Brighton must decide what is next for Cochrane – with Pompey keen to take him on loan.

Speaking after the draw with Newcastle, Potter said: ‘Bernardo had an infection in his eye, so we drafted Alex in as a left-footed option.

‘He’s been with us throughout the lockdown period. He’s impressed and has a really good attitude.

‘I think he’s one of a few young players we need to sit down and think about the right pathway for him. He’s a good lad.’

Pompey currently have no senior left-back who is under contract at Fratton Park.

Lee Brown’s deal has expired and has been offered fresh terms. The vice-captain remains in negotiations with the club, having impressed in both legs in the League One play-off semi-final defeat to Oxford.

However, Brandon Haunstrup has left the club after turning down an improved contract.

Meanwhile, Steve Seddon has returned to parent-club Birmingham following his fine loan spell during the second half of the campaign.

The only left-back that remains at Fratton Park is Joe Hancott.