Portsmouth loan flop Lloyd Isgrove likened to Newcastle's Matt Ritchie after fine start to Swindon career

Lloyd Isgrove's impressive start at Swindon has saw him likened to Pompey academy graduate Matt Ritchie.

By Will Rooney
Friday, 6th September 2019, 3:15 pm
Lloyd Isgrove in action for Swindon. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Lloyd Isgrove in action for Swindon. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

The winger didn’t make a single appearance for the Blues after arriving on loan from Barnsley in January.

The ex-Southampton man was subsequently released by the Tykes and moved to Swindon.

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But Isgrove’s made a fine start to his County Ground career, having recorded four assists in six appearances. 

According to Robins first-team coach Tommy Wright, the 26-year-old’s performances have drawn comparisons to Ritchie.

The Gosport lad left Pompey for Swindon in 2011 and has gone on to become a Premier League regular with Newcastle.

Wright told the Swindon Advertiser: ‘He has been popular since he came to the club. The fans like him.

Pompey academy graduate Matt Ritchie is now at Premier League Newcastle. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

‘Someone said he is like Matt Ritchie when he was here with that busy style – and look at what he has gone on to do.

‘You have got to remember that Lloyd has played at a higher level.

‘He scored in the play-off final at Barnsley when I was there, and he has played for Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday. He is a very good player.’