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“He’d be a great fit” – Portsmouth eye Championship player as Gavin Bazunu replacement: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Portsmouth are looking at signing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Josh Griffiths on loan as they search for a Gavin Bazunu replacement, according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook

Bazunu has returned to Manchester City after an impressive loan spell at Pompey, leaving the South Coast club in need of a new number one.

It appears Griffiths is on their radar but would he be a good signing? And do the League One outfit need him?

We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…

Quiz: Are these 20 Portsmouth transfer facts true or false?

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Portsmouth loaned out Alex Bass this season

Declan Harte

Pompey are in need of a new goalkeeper following the departure of Gavin Bazunu.

While his importance to the team will be difficult to replicate, Griffiths offers a dependable pair of hands.

The Baggies shot-stopper performed well for Lincoln City last season and will likely only continue to improve as he gains more and more experience.

Another loan signing for Portsmouth in goals is a concern as it kicks the can down the road on a long-term solution.

But as a temporary signing for the season, then Danny Cowley could do much worse than bringing Griffiths into the team.

Simmey Hannifin-Donaldson

I’m not sure that this is a signing Portsmouth need to make to be honest.

Yes, with Gavin Bazunu leaving the club and heading back to Manchester City following his loan spell, Pompey need a new number one keeper, but they do not have to look to the transfer market for one.

Alex Bass spent the second half of 2021/22 out on loan at Bradford City, and the 24-year-old should now be given an opportunity to stake his claim for the number one role at Fratton Park.

In any case, Griffiths kept only two clean sheets in 33 League One appearances at Lincoln City, and whilst that isn’t the be-all and end-all of goalkeeping statistics, it is very low.

I’d save the money, be it loan fee or transfer fee, and give Bass an opportunity instead.

Ben Wignall

Like many young goalkeepers, Griffiths is trying to work his way up the EFL pyramid before getting a chance at West Brom – and Portsmouth would be a great move for him.

Having had spells now as a regular first-choice at Cheltenham Town and Lincoln City, Griffiths has plenty of experience for a player who is just 20 years of age.

He’s probably not quite at the level to be West Brom’s first-choice yet, but we’ve seen what a temporary stint at Portsmouth has done for Gavin Bazunu, who could be Southampton’s number one in the Premier League next season.

Griffiths has all the abilities and credentials to go the same way in his career, so he’d be a great fit at Fratton Park for Danny Cowley.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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