Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett is preparing for another assault at promotion from League One next season, having fallen short in the race for an automatic spot before losing out to Sunderland at the play-off semi-final stage this time around.
One player Jackett is monitoring is 22-year-old Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser who spent last season on-loan at Accrington Stanley, as reported in The Portsmouth News.
But with Jackett facing competition from both Wigan and Preston, would Barlaser be a good signing for Pompey?
“He’d be a useful signing.
“He did very well for Accrington Stanley last year, putting in consistent performances throughout the season.
“He would offer Portsmouth physicality in midfield but is also good with the ball at his feet. That kind of all-round ability could serve them very well.”
“Yeah, I think so.
“He’s young, has that youth international experience and has a full season of League One football behind him.
“He’s exactly the sort of player that a League One side, a top one at that, should be pursuing.
“He could be a real find if he keeps developing, but he won’t do that in Under 23 football.”
“Barlaser was an important player for Accrington Stanley last season and would be a good signing for Pompey.
“He knows exactly what to expect from League One now and should be able to make an impact at Fratton Park straight away.
“He’s certainly got a lot of potential and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.”