Kenny Jackett has told defender Brandon Haunstrup that it’s time for him to prove his worth to Pompey, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
Current full back Lee Brown is out injured for their League Cup clash against QPR this week, meaning 22-year-old Haunstrup is in line for a first team chance.
Former Wolves boss Jackett is keen to see him take the opportunity and establish himself at left back, with Brown out for up to six weeks.
“Brandon has been patient behind a couple of very good players at the club in Enda Stevens and Lee Brown,” he said.
“He has a chance now, has an opportunity. I was pleased with him when he came on against Coventry, he played very well, and I’m looking to see how he develops.
“He wants – and needs – a regular berth now and that’s obviously his aim. He can bring a lot to you, particularly in attack as a modern-day full-back.”
Jackett then revealed that academy graduate had regularly asked to be allowed to leave on loan, but that hadn’t been possible due to the lack of depth in the Pompey squad.
“Brandon is one of those players who have asked me on a regular basis to let him out on loan and I have discussed it at different times.
“We haven’t quite been strong enough to be able to do that, although there have been enquiries about it.”
Haunstrup has made two appearances for Pompey this season, coming off the bench as they beat Birmingham 3-0 in the EFL Cup first round, then again during the 3-3 draw with Coventry City last week.
There won’t be a better time for the defender to show what he can do. Portsmouth are struggling at the start of this season and looked defensively very weak, certainly against Coventry.
Their postponed game this weekend will have given the players some respite, but it won’t help Lee Brown. If Haunstrup plays well, he could force himself into Jackett’s plans.
If he doesn’t, he might find himself on the receiving end of that loan deal he craves after all.
Lee Brown is an established professional though, and it might not matter how the 22-year-old does he could find himself frozen out after his short spell. If that happens, he’s bound to push harder for a spell away from Fratton Park which is crucial to his continued development.