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Paul Cook simply must utilise these 3 young stars for Portsmouth next season – Agreed?

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Portsmouth were looking like a team that were going to take League Two by storm last season but their season ultimately ended in disappointment, when they lost 3-2 on aggregate in the Play-Off Semi Final against Plymouth.

Manager Paul Cook now faces the unenviable task of picking up his demoralised players who came so close to earning promotion to League One last season, only to miss out in the most agonising way possible through the lottery of the Play-Offs.

The club has already been dealt a blow with highly-rated 21-year-old centre back Adam Webster moving on to Championship club Ipswich Town, with 19-year-old Matt Clarke switching to Fratton Park from Portman Road as part of the deal.

Webster is the first name of a number of first team players expected to be courted by teams in higher divisions.

A number of key players from last season have also returned to their parent clubs after loan spells with Portsmouth such as Liverpool goalkeeper Ryan Fulton, Sheffield United full back Kieron Freeman, and Sheffield United striker Marc McNulty.

However, Cook does have a wealth of young prospects waiting in the wings to step up and make a mark at the club.

There are a number of voids left by players who were influential last season, and here Football League World writer Steve Day takes a look at THREE young players the Portsmouth manager must use next season……


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Article title: Paul Cook simply must utilise these 3 young stars for Portsmouth next season – Agreed?

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