Date: 16th May 2018 at 8:19am
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Connor Chaplin’s long-term future could be away from Pompey?

Earlier this week, Kenny Jackett revealed Chaplin – as you would expect – has become increasingly frustrated at his bit-part role. The suggestion was this is a position that isn’t going to change either and the forward was made aware of it, which doesn’t please the local lad, who has told the boss as much.

However, nothing will happen until Jackett has enough striking options to select from. Cheltenham’s Mo Eisa has recently been linked, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes of this, if anything?

I’ve always been a huge fan of Chaplin, most of us have, but he’s most definitely not progressed in the past couple of years as his initial form, along with the impact, suggested he would. Ok, a lack of regular football hasn’t helped this, but we can’t really say both Paul Cook and Jackett could both be wrong, can we?

As it happens, whilst travelling for the season finale against Peterborough, the topic of Chaplin was raised by those of us in the car. The general opinion was that it was probably time for Chaplin to move on, in a loan capacity at the very least.

Under contract until the summer of 2019, you can’t help but feel, unless we hold an option in our favour, if Chaplin were to move on in the coming months it’ll have to be on a permanent basis as why loan him for the final year of his contract?

I think we can safely say this coming summer transfer window is a crucial one for Chaplin, certainly for his Pompey future, potentially the remainder of his career in general? I’m a fan, but as said, I think he needs a change.


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