Jackett: Portsmouth can cope without development squad 

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Kenny Jackett has insisted a development squad won’t be necessary if Pompey clinch promotion to the Championship. 

The boss believes sending fledgling talents out on loan can give them the right grounding in their bid to make a first-team breakthrough at Fratton Park. 

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

At present, there is no conduit between the Blues’ academy and Jackett’s senior set-up. 

Although an under-23 side has previously been an ambition of owner Michael Eisner, it is still to come to fruition. 

Pompey currently sit top of League One and are on track to be playing in the Championship next term.

If promotion is yielded, it’s unlikely a development squad will be introduced in time for the start of the campaign. 

Jackett isn't concerned if the Blues don't have an under-23 structure while operating in the second tier, however.

The manager feels honing young pros down the football ladder can be just as successful.

‘I think that we can cope and do it another way,’ said Jackett, 

‘One thing is an under-23s group but another one is to sign young pros and be able to put them out on loan. 

‘The higher the club can go then the more scope there is below you to put them out on loan – that’s a good thing.

‘It is what it is. I don’t think there’s a right way or a wrong way.

‘You can be successful and produce players with an academy and with an under-23s group.

‘But I also think as a club you need to be geared at it and geared at it properly.

‘There’s no point playing at it. If you’re big enough to go and do it properly then that’s fine.

‘There’s no point doing it for the sake of it or making sure you’re doing it just to tick a box.

‘It’s got to be a real commitment from the club, manager and the coaching staff for that route to work and be successful.

‘I don’t think there's a right way or a wrong way. It’s about picking the system and doing it well.

‘Each individual can be different at different clubs. It can be right for one club but not necessarily another. 

‘People talk about the Brentford model. They’ve been really strong but don’t run a youth policy.

‘Brentford and Brentford B have been very strong and they've been very shrewd.

‘I don’t think that’s right for Portsmouth. The youth policy is important at Portsmouth for myself and Mark Catlin.

‘But our own version is adapted to the club.’

Jackett highlighted how many of England’s current squad spent time plying their trade outside the Premier League. 

The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford all had stints in League One.

The Pompey manager reckons getting youngsters out into first-team football is crucial for their development.

He added: ‘I think, personally, getting out on loan is a very good route.

‘It’s one that can not just help you football-wise but shape your attitude to doing the right things and having the right habits in the game.

‘People have done studies on the England players and looked where they have played and what they’ve done.

‘Harry Kane, at under-18, was a sub for Leyton Orient in League One. 

‘Dele Alli made his debut for MK Dons at 15 and played a lot of first-team games by the time he was 19.

‘Harry Maguire was at Sheffield United year after year and they couldn’t get out of League One.

‘You can go on and on with the England boys.’

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