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Exclusive: ‘Loads of potential’ – Alan Dunne gives FLW the lowdown on Portsmouth’s Reeco Hackett-Fairchild



Portsmouth have been active so far this January transfer window as Kenny Jackett and his side look to break into the play-off places in Sky Bet League One.

Among those to arrive, young attacker Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has joined from Bromley on a permanent deal.

But what can Pompey fans expect from their new signing? We caught up with a man that knows him well from his time at the National League side, former Millwall man Alan Dunne, to get the lowdown in a quickfire Q&A:

What sort of player have Portsmouth got in Reeco Hackett-Fairchild?

“We [Bromley] got him from Charlton obviously, we watched him at Charlton then he came on loan with us and did really well and then we signed him at the beginning of this season.

“He’s had six months with us and he’s a player with loads of pedigree. He’s a player with a lot of potential, really a lot of potential, and he’s only going to get better.

“He’s got a lovely left foot. In and around the box, he’ll be dangerous and his finishing is second to none. So yeah, there’s loads of potential.”

Was there a moment fairly early on where you thought he’s going to go quite far?

“We’ve known him from Charlton, we knew what his capabilities were and we were lucky to get him after he left Charlton.

“I don’t think his talent is questionable. He’s come in, and he’s sort of learned how to work initially in a man’s league – with the work rate and the tempo of each player – and he did that which will help him in going to Portsmouth.

“I know Kenny [Jackett] and Joe [Gallen] really well and he’s going to need to do both sides of the game but he’s got that ability now, he’s done it at this level playing men’s football and it stands him in good stead.”

A lot of people have compared his potential route to Jamal Lowe, who was also signed by Portsmouth from non-league. Could you see him following that career path?

“Yeah, it’s up to Reeco. He has the talent, and if he can relate to Lowe, then brilliant.

“Reeco’s young, he’s got the heart, he’s got pace, he can finish. He works hard, can play on both sides – left or right. On the right-wing, he can cut inside and he’s done well for us up until now.

“But the chance is there [at Portsmouth], he’s got to go out and take it.”

Portsmouth paid the release fee, what are Bromley going to be able to do with that money?

“Yeah well look, Reeco is going to be difficult to replace. His goals and assists this season have helped us. It’s a record fee for the club and it’s how we invest that.

“At this time of the season, it’s a difficult time to try and replace a player of that quality, very difficult. Clubs know that you’ve had a bit of money [come in] and are going to demand fees for players now that are probably not worth it.

“When you’re up there in the top three or four, they [other clubs] know you want to go for it, so they are going to demand a fee. So, we are trying to juggle plans. There are not many left-sided players out there, hence why Portsmouth have come to us to look at our player. There isn’t a lot of good ones out there.

“But, there are players out there that we are talking to, and we need to try and fit that into our DNA and what we’re about. It’s not easy, but there are players. We don’t want to jump into something that we’re going to regret, so it’s just being patient and waiting for that right player to come along. Whether that’s a young player, or an experienced player or someone from the league above.”

Would Portsmouth be open to sending a young player to Bromley on loan because of the relationship you have with Kenny Jackett?

“Yeah, look we’re aware of what they’ve got. We have spoken to them about certain players. We went to see them and we know the squad.

“But, there’s a number of players we’re looking at. We don’t want a player that is not as good as Reeco. We need a like for like replacement to be good as Reeco or better, and if they [Portsmouth] had someone like that, they wouldn’t have signed him.

“It’s difficult. Other positions maybe [we can look for] but we need a replacement for Reeco and it’s finding that. We’re looking around at the moment and hopefully we’ll try and get something done in the next couple of weeks.”

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Exclusive: ‘Loads of potential’ – Alan Dunne gives FLW the lowdown on Portsmouth’s Reeco Hackett-Fairchild

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