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Midfield additions


We’ll all agree midfield additions are required this summer, in actual fact this should have happened in January. It didn’t, so we accept it, finish the campaign and then look to see what the next transfer window brings.

An addition to the middle of the park could – if not should – be Ruben Sammut. The Chelsea midfielder has been training with Pompey ahead of a proposed arrival.

There does look ‘a strong chance Pompey could land’ Sammut, according to the News.

Sammut, 20, would add another potential player for the future, but the problem I have with his addition is the fact we’re AGAIN failing to add experience to an area we’ve been seriously found out this season when it comes to an elder statesmen when needed.

Another of those who falls into the inexperienced category is Connor Ronan. Yes, he lacks this and is still young, but he’s one who has shown something and would be a player I would actually be quite pleased to see remain on the South Coast.

Ronan, 20, has arguably been the most successful of the loanees brought in by Kenny Jackett this season and the boss recently made it clear he would like him to stay. However, much depends on Wolves and their plans.

He told the News: ‘He’s a player we’re obviously interested in. It’s not something we’ve discussed, but for Wolves they aren’t going to necessarily commit to it. Generally, they get all of their players back in pre-season and assess their options then. He’s been looking for the break to get into first-team football. He was slightly frustrated, if pleased to be at a club going in the right direction in Wolves.’

Adding: ‘You want to be there or thereabouts with the first team and, as a young player, make a mark. He’s happy and pleased for us taking the chance on him with limited league experience. For him, Wolves are in the driving seat but I’m sure he’ll be open to it (a return next season).’

It took a while for Ronan to get going but in recent weeks he’s come into his own and looks a player who could certainly do a job at this level and the Championship, so if a deal can be arranged happy days – he’s got another year left on his current contract with Wolves so you suspect a fee would be needed if they were to let him go.


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