22 year-old Portsmouth left-back Brandon Haunstrup has had to be patient and wait for his chance at Fratton Park, but he has currently made nine appearances so far this campaign for Kenny Jackett.
Haunstrup has had to settle with being the second choice left-back while at Portsmouth since progressing through the youth ranks while at the south coast club, but has been given his chance since Lee Brown picked up an injury in August during the first half of a 3-3 draw with Coventry City and being ruled out with an achilles injury not long after.
Since then, Haunstrup has come into the side and done remarkably well, performing to the standard that Jackett requires from his left-back both going forward and doing the dirty work while defending, but Haunstrup’s place is now under threat again after Brown has returned to fitness again and had a full week of training since his injury.
Brown appeared 51 times for Portsmouth last season and has already appeared five times this campaign before his unfortunate injury, the experienced 29-year-old already having played 421 games in his senior career since making his debut on loan at Salisbury City from QPR a decade ago. Since then, Brown has remained relatively injury free and has had a solid injury-free career in the Football League, but his place as an EFL regular for his club could now be under threat due to Haunstrup’s emergence in League One.
Haunstrup will be feeling positive following his recent form, the youngster performing with bags of confidence and everything he does right now down the Portsmouth left is paying off, Lee Brown being forced to watch from the sidelines with a sense of trepidation of losing his spot to the new kid on the block as Portsmouth look to move further on up the table.
However, Haunstrup will have to take his performance levels to a whole new level if he’s going to keep his spot at left-back in the Portsmouth team as Brown is now waiting in the wings for any slip up to take back his spot in the side. Kenny Jackett will have a big decision to make as two good players fight for one spot.