How the coronavirus aftermath could have an impact on Portsmouth's youngsters

Kenny Jackett reckons younger players could be given more first-team opportunities in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Thursday, 28th May 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Friday, 29th May 2020, 1:50 pm

The Covid-19 outbreak will have ramifications on finances throughout football, with every club set to feel the pinch.

Pompey’s summer plans have already been decimated, with Jackett facing the prospect of his playing budget being slashed.

The Blues won’t also be able to pay sizeable fees or hand out long-term contracts to players.

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And with eight first-team players’ deals expiring on June 30 – including Christian Burgess, Brett Pitman and Oli Hawkins – it could see managers throughout the pyramid working with smaller squad numbers than usual next season.

As a result, upcoming talents may be handed more first-team minutes.

That would mean the likes of young professionals Haji Mnoga and Harvey Rew benefiting at Fratton Park.

Jackett said: ‘It might actually work in younger players’ favour.

Young professional Harvey Rew. Picture: Graham Hunt

‘There will be a lot of clubs who are releasing older players and giving younger players opportunities even if, right at this moment, they’re not quite at the same level.

‘Finances may dictate. Football is a competitive industry and it always has been and you have to be ready.

‘It may swing to more younger players in your squad – and I think that it will.

‘All they can do is make sure they’re as focused and as fit as possible and, when you do get your chance, do everything you can to take it.’

Haji Mnoga. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey are expected to announce which academy players will be offered third-year scholarships in the near future.

It’s understood that 18-year-old keeper Taylor Seymour is primed to sign for the Blues after a successful period on trial.