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Danny Cowley makes Portsmouth transfer claim about key position ahead of summer window

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Portsmouth head coach Danny Cowley has admitted that he will not be looking to sign a new left-back during the upcoming transfer window as he is happy with the current options that he has in this particular position.

Pompey strengthened in this area earlier this year by signing Denver Hume from Sunderland on a permanent deal.

Drafted in to provide competition for Connor Ogilvie, Hume has gone on to make nine appearances for his new side in League One.

As for Ogilvie, he has been utilised as an out-and-out left-back by Portsmouth on seven occasions this season.

The 26-year-old has also featured as a centre-back and on the left-hand side of midfield for Pompey in recent months.

Another player who is capable of operating in this particular role is Liam Vincent who has yet to make a senior appearance for Portsmouth and could potentially be loaned out by the club in the summer.

Ahead of Pompey’s clash with Gillingham this weekend, Cowley has offered his thoughts on whether this particular area of his squad needs to be bolstered.

Speaking to The News, Cowley said: “I think we are in a good place in the left-back position.

“We have young Liam Vincent, who is going to need to play games and we anticipate that might be an opportunity for him to go out on loan.

“I like the fact we have one young developer, then we’ve got Connor and Denver, who have different qualities and different attributes.

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“You play Lincoln on the Friday and Morecambe on the Monday, two completely different challenges, so it’s important to have a squad which allows you to meet those different demands.

“We’ve got good choices at left-back and won’t be looking to sign any more.

“We’re very happy with those options.”

The Verdict

When you consider that both Hume and Ogilvie possess a considerable amount of experience at this level, it is hardly a surprise that Portsmouth will not be adding to their options in this position.

Hume has played 77 games in the third-tier during his career while Ogilvie has featured on 177 occasions in this division.

Unlikely to overtake this particular duo in the pecking order next season, Vincent could benefit from being sent out on loan in the upcoming window.

By joining a team who are willing to offer him the chance of playing week-in, week-out in a lower division, Vincent may end up making considerable strides in terms of his development.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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