Jayden Stockley has the potential to blossom at Fratton Park.
That is the verdict of Leam Richardson after the striker shone on his full debut in last night’s Capital One Cup upset over Derby County.
He is still a young chap and if he does come on in leaps and bounds and start getting game smart and game knowledge he will be a player and have a careerLeam Richardson
The 21-year-old loanee did not score in the 2-1 success, but nonetheless he earned the plaudits for his energy and tireless work-rate throughout.
Operating as the lone striker, Stockley ended the game throwing himself into blocks and tackles just ahead of his own penalty area in the final moments.
And it is that attitude which leaves Pompey’s assistant manager convinced he can progress in the game.
Richardson said: ‘Jayden came on loan initially when he was a young boy at Accrington, I happened to come across him then and the one thing you do get from him is his work ethic.
‘Certainly that is one of his major assets, his work-rate and his application is there to be seen.
‘He is still a young chap and if he does come on in leaps and bounds and start getting game smart and game knowledge he will be a player and have a career.
‘He’s a good lad, a young boy who is learning and has the attitude and personality which means he is liked around the place. If you give that kind of performance in your work-rate everybody will take to you quicker.
‘He is still getting to know us and the team, he is a Bournemouth player and they have aspirations for the young kid.
‘Jayden should keep his head down, listen, work hard and practice and he will certainly have a career, certainly if he works as hard as you know he will.’