Jackett: Adam May can become a Portsmouth regular

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Midfielder Adam May has the potential to become a Pompey first-team regular.  

That's the verdict of Blues boss Kenny Jackett.

Adam May. Picture: Sean Ryan

Adam May. Picture: Sean Ryan

The academy graduate, who turned 21 yesterday, produced a man-of-the-match performance in Pompey's Checkatrade Trophy win over Arsenal under-21s on Tuesday night.

Midfielder May was recalled from his youth loan at National League Aldershot early to feature for Jackett's side.

And he did not disappoint, providing the Pompey manager with a timely reminder of his talents.

That impressive display came on the back of a decent loan stint with The Shots.

After making the switch to join former Blues boss Gary Waddock's side in September, May made 12 appearances and netted three times during his three-month stay.

The Eastleigh-born talent has also featured 27 times for Pompey since making his debut against Bury in April 2015.

And Jackett sees May as a player who could break into his side in the near future.

He said: ‘Adam was due to come back anyway because of his youth loan finishing when he was 21.

‘I brought him back a couple of days early to give him that chance at Fratton Park against Arsenal, which was a good one.

‘But for him he just has to keep working hard to get into the side.

‘He’s got the potential to do it and he’s young enough at 21 to be able to do it with his future ahead of him.’

Jackett stressed identifying the right clubs when sending young players out on loan is critical.

And he hopes May gaining valuable minutes at National League level will aid his development in the long run.

‘It’s difficult (deciding where players go on loan),’ added Jackett.

‘But in the end it’s about Portsmouth.

‘Were individuals are concerned it is about the club as well.

‘Getting that balance is something we do consider – sometimes you can’t get everything.

‘But I think the National League is a good standard.

‘For Adam to have gone and played in that is not a bad thing.

‘League Two is slightly better but I don’t think it’s a massive step up.’