Barker mulling over Webster options for Pompey

Pompey youngster Adam Webster
Pompey youngster Adam Webster

Richie Barker is weighing up whether to send Adam Webster back out on loan.

The 19-year-old returned to Pompey training at the start of last week following a hamstring injury.

Before that he had spent the first part of the season on loan at Aldershot, where he impressed.

It adds up to not too much opportunity for Barker to assess the defender, although he did feature in a development game last Tuesday.

Pompey aren’t short of centre-halves anyway, with the signing of Ben Chorley yesterday, coupled with the emergence of Jack Whatmough.

But Barker wants a longer look at Webster before deciding whether to allow him to depart for another loan spell.

He said: ‘Adam played half-a-game in a development match against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.

‘We will make the decision about whether to loan him out again, probably in the next week or so.

‘He has only just come back. I haven’t seen anywhere near enough of him at the minute.

‘He is a long-term project as well, but what we don’t want is him sat in the stand because he isn’t ever going to become a better player sat in the stand.

‘We need to look at his long-term development as well.

‘I think we’ve had enquiries about one or two of the younger boys on loan but I want to make sure they go to the right place to get the right development at the right level with the right people.

‘The Skrill Premier would be an ideal learning level for him – for all of them really – because the conference has changed.

‘Ninety per cent of the clubs are full-time now so it’s just an extension of League Two.

‘You look at your Grimsbys, Lutons and Wrexhams, all those sort of teams. They are equally as big and as financially stable as most of the teams in League Two, there is not a lot in it.’

Webster made 21 appearances during his first spell with the Shots, largely playing as a central defender.

His performances drew plenty of praise and the Skrill Premier side would be interested in having him back. Firstly, Barker must decide what role the youngster can play at Fratton this season.