Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has stated that he does not intend to let any of his players leave on loan this January.
With the winter transfer window period soon approaching, attention has turned to whether Jackett would consider letting out of favour players leave temporarily in order to fulfil their need for regular first-team football.
However, the Pompey boss has ruled that out, as he wants each member of his squad to play a part, whether they are starting games or coming off the bench.
It was widely known about the disruption that the departure of Jamal Lowe caused during the summer when he moved to Wigan, and Jackett wants to maximise the chances of his side achieving promotion by having minimal distractions.
Speaking in an interview with the Portsmouth News, Jackett made it clear that his mind has already been made up.
“I don’t necessarily want to be moving people out in January, I want this group to keep working as a group, the dynamics are important,” the Portsmouth manager said.
“I have spoken to our players and we don’t want to be chopping and changing too much, particularly in January. The group has to settle down and keep working.”
Jackett also said that “talk of people going in January, particularly with the fact we need everybody, is wide of the mark.”
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Jackett has stated that Luke McGee is the only player of his not to have got his chance that season, showing that he has utilised his squad well when needed.
However, with speculation likely to be rife surrounding his players in January, Jackett needs to be careful that his stance doesn’t lead to any problems with certain players who want to leave.