The summer Portsmouth overhaul which may include cashing in prized asset Ronan Curtis

A playing overhaul is coming this summer - whichever division Pompey are in next season.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:00 am

And funding a rebuild could tempt the Blues to cash in on prized assets like Ronan Curtis in the coming months.

That’s the view of Pompey writer, Jordan Cross, in the latest edition of Pompey Talk, which you can download HERE.

With board support for Danny Cowley the head coach is expected to be at Fratton Park for the long haul, and a priority for the 42-year-old when the season ends will be squad planning.

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Ronan Curtis with his Pompey team-mates

A competitive budget for Cowley is key but could prove a challenge with the club haemorrhaging £700,000 through the Covid pandemic.

One way of boosting funds would be to cash in a key player and the most bankable asset at present is Curtis, with the Republic of Ireland international contracted until the summer of 2023.

Cross said: ‘As much as Pompey can, I think there’s going to be an overhaul - whichever division Pompey end up in.

‘If you’re losing £700,000 a month through the Covid lockdown, I don’t think we are going to see the Eisners funding a massive budget when the club’s ran on a sustainable basis.

‘So Pompey are looking at ways they can free up money to give the Cowleys a competitive budget.

‘I think there will be some sacrifices made to do that.

‘The Cowleys will want to put their stamp on things and are having their minds made up with players along the way.

‘What happens with Ronan. Could they cash in on Ronan? Would now be a good time to do it?

‘Could Ronan going help fund a rebuild?

‘There’s so many question marks.’

Pompey fans are already thinking about the kind of players the Cowleys could go for to implement their high-tempo style of play moving forward.

Cross thinks plumping for players they know and trust will be an avenue they could pursue.

He added: ‘You hear names and bits and pieces about players they could potentially be interested in.

‘The FBI say history is a great indicator of future behaviour. So look at the past and the players they’ve gone for. You might not be too far away from finding one or two potential targets there.

‘I think there’s a lot of turnover which could take place - I don’t think The News will be struggling for transfer stories this summer, put it that way!’

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