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4 Portsmouth players that face an uncertain January



Portsmouth have a three-day break until their next league fixture, which will be a tough test against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium this Saturday.

Pompey have picked up their form over the last two months under manager Kenny Jackett, as the side from Portsea Island are unbeaten in their last ten games in all competitions.

They currently sit in 10th place in League One, knowing that a win against the Lancashire side could take them into the top-six, depending on results elsewhere.

However, away from Pompey’s league schedule, currently nine players on the club’s books will see their current contracts expire next summer. With less than a month to go until the January window opens, there may be some movement on the south coast.

Here are four players that could be on the move in January…

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Luke McGee

The 24-year-old goalkeeper has fallen down the pecking order at Fratton Park over the last two seasons, with Alex Bass and Craig MacGillivray ahead of him in the team.

McGee has not made an appearance for Pompey this season, and only featuring five times in the last campaign. It was known in the summer that the goalkeeper wanted to leave.

With over 100 Football League appearances to show for in his career despite being just 24, there is a large chance he could leave the club this January in search of first-team football, despite his contract not expiring until June of next year.

Oli Hawkins

The 27-year-old now finds himself as the fourth-choice striker at Pompey, and has instead been utilised as cover at centre-back throughout this season, making five appearances.

By his own admission, Hawkins has previously stated in November that he wants to prove himself upfront for the club, but with players ahead of him and a reluctance by Kenny Jackett to use a formation with two strikers, it may be a challenge for him to get back into the side.

If not given assurances by the manager, he may want to leave the club, especially with just over six months left on his deal.

Andy Cannon

The 23-year-old signed for the Hampshire side last January, but has struggled for game time in central midfield this season, despite an injury suffered to first choice sweeper Tom Naylor earlier on during the campaign.

Cannon has made seven League One appearances this term, playing a total of just 352 minutes. Jackett may consider sending him out on loan if an opportunity does not present itself.

Anton Walkes

The 22-year-old has struggled to nail down the starting spot at right-back, with Ross McCrorie and Brandon Haunstrup ahead of him in the team.

The ex-Tottenham man has filled in at central midfield for Kenny Jackett this season, and it could be an option going forward.

However, if right-back is still Walkes’ preferred position, the player may want to be sent out on loan until the end of the season to get some playing time under his belt.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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