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4 Portsmouth youngsters you really need to keep an eye on

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Portsmouth are enjoying an excellent run of form which has seen them win six consecutive games in all competitions, while they have climbed to sixth in the League One table.

This has come after a disappointing start to the campaign which saw them win just one of their first seven league matches, but they have since undergone a dramatic upturn in form as they now have their sights firmly set on promotion.

Kenny Jackett’s side went close to promotion last term as they suffered defeat in the play-off semi-finals, and the south-coast side now appear determined to go one better this campaign as they sit just three points off second place with two games in hand.

This means the Fratton Park outfit have got a senior side firing on all cylinders at the moment, while there have also been plenty of recent signs to suggest Pompey have plenty of youth players ready to make the step up in the near future.

Here, we take a look at four of Pompey’s Under-23 players to watch…

Matt Casey

Casey has undertaken a number of loan spells since progressing through the youth system at Fratton Park, and he has now been given a chance to impress for Isthmian League premier division side Bognor Regis having joined them on loan this month.

The centre-back possesses strong technical ability and composure at the heart of defence, and he has enjoyed a solid start to life at Bognor by breaking into the starting line-up and scoring during the win over Folkestone back in January.

The 20-year-old is thought to be held in high regard by Portsmouth’s academy bosses, and it will be interesting to see whether his loan spell at Bognor earns him the chance to ply his trade at a loan club higher in the pyramid as he continues his development.

Harvey Rew

Rew delivered a highly impressive performance when he made his senior debut for the club earlier this season at the age of 17, with the Welshman featuring in Pompey’s EFL Trophy tie against Oxford United.

The Pompey academy product showed no sign of nerves as he made his senior bow at such a young age, and the fact he is able to operate in a number of positions across the defence and midfield should bode well as he targets further senior appearances.

It seems likely that Rew will embark on a series of loan spells before he becomes a regular feature for the south-coast side, but there can be no doubt that he already has plenty of admirers at Fratton Park.

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Eoin Teggart

Teggart is definitely one to watch following his excellent wing performance against Norwich Under-21s in the EFL Trophy earlier this term, with the attacker possessing plenty of pace which could cause damage to defences.

The fact Teggart is also naturally left-footed should work to his advantage seeing as Portsmouth’s wingers largely use their right foot, and it would be no surprise to see Jackett call upon Teggart in the not-too-distant future.

He has not been able to make a further impression for Pompey since his EFL Trophy debut, with this suggesting he may not quite be ready to feature regularly in senior football, but it seems the 17-year-old has plenty of potential.

Bradley Lethbridge

Lethbridge offers another example of how young players can thrive when trusted in the first team, with the striker having netted his first senior goal for Pompey earlier this season during the EFL Trophy clash with Oxford United.

The 19-year-old is definitely the kind of player who could be given further opportunities in the first team despite his young age given the power he possesses, while he also boasts a strong goalscoring record at academy level.

Lethbridge is currently out on loan at Bognor with fellow Pompey team-mates Rew and Josh Flint, and this temporary spell should be a good chance for him to develop a goalscoring rhythm in senior football.


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