Loan rangers to stay under microscope

Adam Webster, right, in action for England under-19s
Adam Webster, right, in action for England under-19s

POMPEY will monitor the progress of their loan rangers.

Assistant boss Anthony Williams promised any players seeking playing time away from Fratton Park will stay under the microscope.

The Blues are working on shuffling their options around in the January transfer window.

That means the possibility of players going out the door as well as coming through it.

Keeper John Sullivan has been linked with a move to Cambridge after signing a two-year deal in the summer.

But Williams explained anyone departing on a temporary basis will be watched.

Richie Barker’s number two stated he was disappointed to hear Phil Smith wasn’t looked at while he spent time at Dartford last year.

Williams said: ‘I chatted to Phil Smith and he is disappointed that when he did go on loan there was nobody from the club watching him play.

‘Ultimately if players do go on loan from here people should watch them.

‘I’d want at least 75 per cent of his games being watched because if he is going to be playing in the first team we need to be seeing what he is like in a match situation.

‘It’s disappointing he was coming back as I arrived because I would have made sure someone watched him if I couldn’t.’

Adam Webster has just returned from a successful period gaining experience at Skrill Premier outfit Aldershot.

Pompey boss Barker’s brother, Chris, was part of the same defence with Webster at the Shots.

That helped with keeping tabs on his progress before he arrived back at the club at the start of the year.

There were plans to watch Webster before he came back to Fratton Park.

And Williams explained that will be the same for any of the development squad or younger members of the squad who move out.

He said: ‘We were going to watch Adam last weekend but his injury meant we couldn’t.

‘The good thing is the gaffer’s brother plays with him so we’ve had feedback from that – but you want to watch him yourself.

‘The reason they go on loan is to see if they can play in our first team.

‘The reason why Danny Alfei is here is to see if he can play in Swansea’s first team.

‘It’s logical, a means to an end, so to go on loan, especially Webster, helps them progress into the first team.

‘Webster is an England youth international so the potential is there.

‘If I was him I would be very disappointed if people didn’t watch me from my parent club.

‘There are a lot of things that need addressing.’