Caolan Lavery tipped to shine for Pompey

Caolan Lavery. Picture: Colin Farmery
Caolan Lavery. Picture: Colin Farmery

Caolan Lavery’s Pompey arrival will signal danger for League Two defences.

That is the verdict of The Star’s Sheffield Wednesday reporter, Dom Howson, following the striker’s temporary switch.

The 22-year-old yesterday completed a three-month loan move to Fratton Park with Paul Cook seeking to strengthen his attacking options.

The Northern Ireland under-21 international scored three goals in eight games at Chesterfield under Cook last term.

With his only Owls outings during the current campaign coming as starts in the Capital One Cup, Lavery is desperate for first-team action.

And Howson is convinced the forward can succeed with the Blues.

He said: ‘It’s a good move for Caolan, he has fallen down the pecking order at Sheffield Wednesday and there are a lot of strikers now ahead of him in the queue.

‘It is difficult for him to get a look in at the moment, so this has come at a good time for the lad.

‘He is just not part of the manager’s plans for the time being – but I can see him doing damage in League Two. Between now and January I can see no reason why he can’t get half a dozen goals.

‘The reason why he has chosen Pompey is because he knows the manager incredibly well from his time at Chesterfield. He believes Cook has a lot of faith in him and that he will bring the best out of him.

‘Caolan wants to feel wanted – and Cook can give him that.’

Lavery has scored six goals in 39 appearances since emerging through Sheffield Wednesday’s Academy.

And Howson has seen plenty of the striker to realise his talent.

He added: ‘Caolan’s quite quick, he works very hard off the ball and closes down opposition defenders.

‘When he gets into a position he has also shown himself capable of scoring, with good composure in front of goal.

‘A serious knee injury ruled him out of the first half of last season, but he returned and started the final seven matches under Stuart Gray.

‘Caolan’s not particularly strong in the air and I personally don’t think holding the ball up is his great strength, he will need more experience to improve on that.

‘However, I expect him to do well with Kyle Bennett and Gary Roberts supplying the crosses.

‘If he gets the service I can definitely see him doing some damage in League Two.’