Kenny Jackett is weighing up unleashing Ross McCrorie on League One as a right-back.
The Scottish under-21 talent impressed for Pompey as a second-half substitute against Sunderland in a role he’s unaccustomed to.
And Jackett could let McCrorie continue there against Coventry tomorrow as the Blues aim to return to winning ways at Fratton Park.
Doing that would be a way of getting both McCrorie and Naylor into the team, if the Pompey boss continues with the 4-3-3 formation he’s opted to use of late.
Jackett said: ‘I wouldn’t (be averse to using him at right-back again).
‘It will be interesting to see how he develops.
‘There’s no reason why I wouldn’t. He’s got the attributes and the athleticism to do it.
‘And he has the confidence to do it, whether it’s a new position or not.’
McCrorie has been left frustrated after being sidelined following a red card on the opening day at Shrewsbury.
Jackett knows he’s a midfielder by trade but has faith in the 21-year-old to operate comfortably elsewhere.
He added: ‘He’s come as a midfield player.
‘He had a good game after being sent off in his first game.
‘He was frustrated, disappointed and to a degree unlucky because his thinking is he made two mistakes and two fouls (at Shrewsbury).
‘It means we’ve kept him out of the team for a couple of games and he’s now broken back in at right-back.
‘That’s no problem because he’s a good player.
‘He had a good second half and he should tackle confidence from that.
‘There’s a good player there we can use constructively.’