Awford ponders Holmes’ future

Andy Awford has yet to make a decision over Ricky Holmes’ Pompey future.

The Blues boss is still weighing up his options in wide areas, as the transfer window edges towards its close.

Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler

Holmes scored the winner for Northampton last week, after joining the Cobblers until the end of the month.

Awford knows he is perhaps a little light on the flanks and has to make his mind up whether to dip into the market again.

He said: ‘Ricky’s out so we will see what happens with him at the end of the month.

‘We’ve had him watched so we’ll see how that goes.

‘There’s nothing imminent in terms of arrivals but I said that last week and Paul McCallum came up.

‘But I’ve got nothing planned at the moment.

‘We’ll have to see what happens, though.

‘Out wide we have Jed (Wallace), Barchie (Andy Barcham) and Nigel (Atangana) can do a job there, too.

‘Let’s be honest, though, Nigel’s not ideal there. He’s more of a central player.’

Awford is working with a squad of 26 players at present – with Holmes, Danny East, and Jack Maloney currently out on loan.

He is happy with that number, although there is money available to cover wages if he wants to make another move before February 2.

Awford added: ‘I think we’re covered in pretty much every area.

‘There is room in the budget, though, if anything pops up. If we can do it, we’ll do it.

‘You have to make sure you get the right one, though.

‘The two we wanted we got in Paul Robinson and Matt Tubbs, and McCallum became available. I liked him so we brought Paul in.

‘But I’m comfortable with what we’ve got.’