Pompey have been tipped to make the play-offs – by former player Miles Storey.
The pacy forward bid farewell to Fratton Park on New Year’s Eve after Andy Awford opted to end his season-long loan early.
It cut short a stay which had produced three goals and five assists in 22 appearances.
But Storey had nothing but praise for those he leaves behind as he returns to parent club Swindon.
He highlighted the quality of the players who have endured an inconsistent campaign, which has left the Blues in 15th spot.
And the 21-year-old is convinced under Awford the side can make a charge up the table.
He said: ‘The away form has been the problem, while before the last couple of weeks the home form was very decent.
‘But I still believe they can get into the play-offs. I think it will be sorted out.
‘There are a lot of very good players there, they just need to find that consistency.
‘When I first came into the club I couldn’t believe Nigel Atangana.
‘He’s so graceful on the ball and I think he is going to have a big future.
‘Ryan Taylor’s hold-up play is second to none, Jed Wallace is getting shots off when he can and scoring plenty of goals from midfield and I cannot believe Jack Whatmough is only 18.
‘Then you’ve got Dan Butler, who is doing really well at the moment.
‘It has been great to play on the left with him, we’ve linked up really well.
‘Once they start to get some consistency they have the best squad in the league by far and I think can reach the play-offs.’
Storey followed fellow loanees Matt Fish, Alex Wynter and Lee Holmes out the Fratton exit.
Meanwhile, Ricky Holmes has been loaned to Northampton.