Waddock: Wallace has the world at his feet

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Wallace named in PFA League Two team of the year
  • Youngster has 17 goals this season
  • Coveted by Fulham, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton

Jed Wallace has been told: You have the world at your feet.

That is the verdict of caretaker boss Gary Waddock as the plaudits continue to stack up for Pompey’s leading goalscorer.

Where Jed goes next is the million dollar question. Who knows where he will end up?

Gary Waddock

On Sunday, the in-form 21-year-old was included in the PFA League Two team of the year, along with team-mate Matt Tubbs.

Wallace, who is being chased by Fulham, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton, also netted his 17th goal of the season at Mansfield.

As the managerless Blues seek to close in on Paul Cook as their new boss, the midfielder continues to shine.

And Waddock is full of praise for the youngster, who is in the reckoning for The News/Sports Mail player-of-the-season trophy.

‘Jed’s a good player, he’s had a very, very good season,’ said Waddock.

‘He has confidence in his own ability and has shown it this season.

‘He has been very consistent in his performances.

‘There is his goal return as well.

‘To get that amount of goals from the position he plays is very good.

‘He is a big player for the football club.

‘Where he goes next is the million dollar question.

‘Who knows where he will end up?

‘He will have to go and play at a higher level, coming up against better players and will need to produce those type of performances again.

‘The world is at his feet, it is up to him what he wants to do with his career, but he is a talented young player.

‘Jed is still developing, still learning and wants to be a better player and pushes himself all the time.

‘He is an athletic lad as well, so in terms of going up the ladder he’s got that to build on.

‘What’s more, you don’t have to motivate him.

‘He’s a good player and it’s up to him where he wants to go with his career.’

Wallace, James Dunne, Paul Robinson, Ryan Taylor and Joe Devera are leading the way for The News/Sports Mail trophy.

As voted for by the fans, it will be presented before the final game of the season against York on Saturday.

The fixture could well be Wallace’s last for the Blues, having netted 30 times in 120 appearances for the club so far.

Aside from three penalties, the vast bulk of the former Lewes player’s goals have been netted from distance.

His strike at Field Mill was another from long-range, albeit taking a fortuitous bounce.

Waddock added: ‘Goals will give him confidence, performances will give him confidence and he has grown in stature this season.

‘He will try to score from distance because he has that ability to strike the ball that well.

‘And he has demonstrated many times he can do it.’