Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley says Manchester City will not be able to influence the amount of game time that goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu gets during his loan spell at Fratton Park.
Bazunu spent last season on loan in League One with Rochdale, making 32 appearances as the club suffered relegation from the third-tier.
The 19-year-old has now joined Portsmouth on a season-long loan for the coming campaign, where he looks set to compete with the fit again Alex Bass for the number one spot in Danny Cowley’s side.
However, despite their status as Premier League champions, and the financial strength they possess, it seems City will be unable to influence that battle for a place in the starting lineup in Bazunu’s favour.
Speaking about that situation with regards to his goalkeepers, Cowley told The Portsmouth News: “There are no ratchets in the deal. I think historically when you sign young players there are certain ratchets in a deal – which we wouldn’t want to sign.
“For example, if you didn’t play the player then you’d have to pay X amount of money on top of what their weekly wage was. Although I think a new Fifa regulation has now stopped that happening. We see it as a fair fight between Gavin and Alex.”
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Portsmouth will of course be competing for promotion to the Championship next season, having missed out on a place in the League One play-offs on the final day of last season.
I do think this is absolutely the right way to approach things from a Portsmouth perspective.
Obviously, the main objective for a loan move such as Bazunu’s is to get the game time he needs to develop and potentially challenge for a place at his parent club in the near future.
However, that alone should not be enough to earn himself a place in the starting XI week in, week out, particularly since Portsmouth have their own aims to consider, not least if Bazunu is going through a run of below par performances.
Indeed, the competition for places is likely to be one Bazunu will experience throughout his career, so getting used to that here and now with Portsmouth, may not be a bad thing for him anyway.