How new face Steve Seddon's powerful Portsmouth start can unlock further potential from Blackburn target Ronan Curtis
Steve Seddon has been challenged to build on a powerful start to his Pompey career.
And Kenny Jackett explained how he can see the Blues new boy developing an exciting understanding with Ronan Curtis.
The 22-year-old’s presence has been important with Lee Brown sidelined, Brandon Haunstrup returning from injury and Anton Walkes departing for MLS side Atlanta United.
Like most Pompey fans, Jackett has been impressed with Seddon’s delivery in open play and dead-ball situations.
And he wants the Reading man now to continue in the vein he’s started at Fratton Park and he picks up regular minutes.
Jackett said: ‘It was a nice week for him where we played him in the two Saturdays at Fleetwood and Wimbledon.
‘Then he came on for 25 minutes against Walsall.
‘He’s not had many minutes or game time this season really.
‘He’s done pretty well considering that, so hopefully he can build on that.
‘He’s gained his confidence at the club. He’s got to know the players and the system.
‘The system does suit him the way we play.
‘We talk about Ronan with the way it’s set up and it’s a good fit for Steve Seddon.
‘He’s had a bright start and hopefully he can build on it.
‘His crossing is good and his dead ball is good.
‘On corners and free-kicks, he has a very good delivery and at times we’ve missed that.
‘He’s had a bright start and it would be nice to see him move forward now and keep building on that.’
The former Bristol Rovers is delighted with the outcome of surgery but Jackett still doesn’t expect him to be back in contention until next month.
He added: ‘Lee’s good. He’s happy with how it’s going and he’s outside working
‘It will be February at some stage for him. I don’t think it will be a January return for him.
‘But he’s had no problems in terms of his rehab.
‘Achilles are notoriously fickle but hopefully this does get sorted.’