The crucial issue Portsmouth have to consider when recruiting loans

Pompey have to focus their loan hunt on Premier League players.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 7:30 am

And the Blues will be taking a risk if they opt to bring in men on temporary deals from the Championship next season.

That’s the view of sports writer Will Rooney in the latest edition of Pompey Talk, which you can download HERE.

Kenny Jackett is looking at loan signings to supplement his squad with the view better value likes in that market.

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Pompey are weighing up options in both of the top two divisions, but Rooney feels taking second-tier recruits increases the likelihood of a January recall.

That was seen in the case of Ben Thompson in the 2018-19 season, which provided hugely debilitating to the team’s promotion bid.

Rooney said: ‘You get more bang for your buck with loans.

‘I think every side that goes up has loanees who make a big difference.

Ben Thompson

‘Rotherham had players like Iversen and Barlaser, who Pompey were interested in.

‘Coventry had players like the lad from Villa O’Hare and Wycombe Ofoborh from Bournemouth

‘For me, if you are going to get a loanee in it has to be from a Premier League side.

‘If they impress in League One the likelihood is they aren’t going to back to the Premier League and getting a game.

‘If they are in a Championship, ie Ben Thompson, come January the clubs have a think about it.

‘If they are doing well they feel they can come back and make a difference.

‘If you get a Premier League player in doing well they will probably think he’s still not ready yet and still want him out developing.

‘If Pompey go up they could look at getting them back again, Look at Josh Cullen at Charlton a couple of year ago, O’Hare has gone back to Coventry after his release from Villa and it’ll be interesting to see if Barlaser goes to Rotherham.

‘I think if you get a Championship player you’re taking a risk - so Premier League loans are the way to go for Pompey.’

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