Pompey’s flying winger itching for a new test

npower League One - 05/02/2013 -  Scunthorpe United vs Portsmouth'Scunthorpe's  Andy Barcham battles with Portsmouth's Adam Webster
npower League One - 05/02/2013 - Scunthorpe United vs Portsmouth'Scunthorpe's Andy Barcham battles with Portsmouth's Adam Webster

WE get the low down on Andy Barcham from Scunthorpe Telegraph reporter Chris Sumpter.


AGE: 26

POSITION: Left wing

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Scunthorpe, Gillingham, Leyton Orient (loan), Spurs

· A winger, everyone loves a winger, so how did Andy Barcham fare at Scunthorpe?

It’s a good question, he had two contrasting seasons in his two years at Scunny.

The first one he really impressed and finished the League One campaign as the club’s top scorer with 10 to his name.

He was one of the first names on the team sheet, quick, always looking to get into the box, certainly a contender for player of the year.

For whatever reason last season didn’t happen for him.

He struggled for form, self-confidence and didn’t kick on.

He dropped out of the starting XI, moved to the bench and was then in and out of the side, not finding any consistency and scoring once.

It was so disappointing.

· What can Barcham offer?

He’s a bubbly guy who is a bit like a traditional out-and-out winger.

I would say he is more about pace than skill and being right-footed he is always looking to cut inside and whip something into the box.

He will give you 100 per cent, too.

You know what you will get from him in terms of work-rate.

You’ll definitely get a shift out of him and although that end product was lacking last year he still worked very hard tracking back, offering the full-back a bit of protection.

· And his weaknesses?

It would be his final ball, there can be composure lacking.

When he lost his form last season he tended to want to take an extra touch when time didn’t allow and often was in two minds about having a go on goal.

Barch started to dwell on things a lot more and it compounded his problems. He is very, very quick, particularly over short distances, but just tends to keep his head down too much.

· What was the reaction among fans to him leaving Scunthorpe?

I think it became apparent towards end of the year – given finances here are as tight as everywhere else in division.

That and the fact it was a different manager in charge to the one who brought Barch in, so it was to be expected.

I don’t think anybody was too surprised to see him fixed up back down south either.

I don’t know whether personally he found it difficult being a southern lad coming up north for the first time in his career.

You wouldn’t have thought that in his first year, he really was superb. Then he lost any real confidence, particularly scoring goals.

Barch is a really nice lad and certainly wanted to do well but for whatever reason he couldn’t put that desire into performances over the past 12 months.