Portsmouth have already seen six players depart Fratton Park this summer, but there could still be time for more outgoings before the League One transfer window closes on September 2nd.
Matt Clarke and Jamal Lowe have been the two most significant departures since the end of last season and while it is unlikely there will yet be departures of a similar calibre, a number of Pompey’s younger players could be sent out on loan to pick up game time.
Pompey have made an indifferent start to the league season having won one, drawn one and lost two of their games so far. However, they have made good progress in the Carabao Cup after beating Birmingham City and then QPR.
Despite these impressive successes, there are a number of players in Portsmouth’s squad who are in need of more playing time this season if they are to progress their development.
Here are two players who could move on before the window shuts on September 2nd…
Bass spent the first half of last season on loan at National League South side Torquay United, but he only made eight appearances and failed to pick up regular first-team football in the south west.
He has been named on the bench for all of Pompey’s games this season, but he now needs to secure a loan move to a club where he will be first-choice goalkeeper.
Until Bass plays regular senior football, he will find it difficult to make the step up to Pompey’s first team when he is called upon. The best move for him would be to spend one more season out on loan and then he will be in a better position to push for a first-team spot next summer.
This is less of a straightforward decision, but Casey should ultimately be pushing for a loan move away in order to guarantee regular football this season.
He is on the fringes of the Pompey first team at present and may find it difficult to break into Kenny Jackett’s side’s defence, but a couple of injuries would put him right in contention.
However, he would be better off sealing a loan switch to a team lower down the footballing pyramid in order to ensure he does not stall his development by remaining on the periphery this term.
He has already been sent out on four different loan spells to National League sides and is still only 19, so it is unlikely he would be against another loan stint.