Chairman reveals highly-regarded King's Lynn defender on Portsmouth transfer radar ahead of FA Cup clash
King’s Lynn’s Ross Barrows has extra incentive to shine against Pompey in the Saturday’s FA Cup encounter.
According to Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve, the defender is already on the Blues’ radar as a potential recruit.
The 22-year-old is expected to line up at right-back for the National League side in their second round trip to Fratton Park.
He often featured at centre-half for Ian Culverhouse’s National League North title-winning campaign last term.
Recently he has been filling in at right-back, totalling nine appearances so far this season for King’s Lynn, who presently stand at 13th.
It is believed Barrows has been monitored by Pompey long before the sides were drawn together in the FA Cup.
Since then, assistant boss Joe Gallon has scouted the Linnets against Sutton United, while another Pompey representative took in the recent 2-0 win over Dover.
Coincidentally, Barrows featured in both at right-back.
And chairman Cleeve has earmarked the youngster as among those to watch against Pompey – with huge potential.
He told The News: ‘I think we’ve got some very good players.
‘It depends on the team or the formation, I don’t think we will be too adventurous because we will get spanked if we do.
‘The left-back Alex Brown is very good, while there are arguably several league teams looking at Sonny Carey at the moment, he will be a league footballer, no doubt about that, he has all the attributes.
‘Ross Barrows is very promising and the rumour is Pompey are interested in him, he’s aged 22.
‘Aaron Jones, although he has been injured, hasn’t played for four weeks, but has been player of the season until his injury and is very, very good. He’s solid at the back.
‘Jordan Richards is in the middle of the park and a very good footballer, he should be playing league football as well.
‘His father was Pedro Hughes, the captain at Notts County at one stage. and his cousin is Wes Morgan at Leicester.
‘We’ve got a good manager, we play football, we don’t cheat, we don't fall over, we don’t try to get people in trouble.
‘We are straightforward and just turn up and play our game – and I think we do a decent job.
‘Hopefully we can keep the scoreline respectable against Pompey and and show people what we can do on our day.’
Kimbell, who runs Twelve sports agency, also represents King’s Lynn’s Alex Brown, an attacking left-back and England C international who has been tracked by Salford.
The South Stand season-ticket holder will be present at Fratton Park in the directors’ box on Saturday as a guest of King’s Lynn.
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