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Naylor: Captaincy An Honour

New skipper welcomes armband and defensive role

20 September 2019

Tom Naylor
Photo: Paul Thompson

The past two weeks have seen a couple of big changes for Tom Naylor.

Having mostly been used as a midfielder during his time at Pompey, he has recently been moved back to the centre of defence.

And after acting as captain for certain games in the past, the 28-year-old has now been handed the armband on a permanent basis.

Neither change has fazed Naylor, who is revelling in the responsibility of leading the team on a matchday.

He said: “Before moving into midfield, I was a natural centre-back, so it’s not like I’m shy to the position and I enjoy it.

“I can read the game and am good in the air, plus I like defending, so it hasn’t been a shock for me, although it’s the first time I’ve played there in successive games for a while.

"I feel like I’ve got leadership qualities on the pitch and enjoy getting the boys going."

Tom Naylor

“It’s a massive honour to be named captain of this club, as I said in Tuesday’s programme. I’m at an age now where I’m ready for it.

“I feel like I’ve got leadership qualities on the pitch and enjoy getting the boys going, so it’s a big achievement for me.”

Pompey have yet to find their best form this season and will hope to get back on track when they visit high-flying Wycombe on Saturday.

Naylor said: “They’ve started well and are up there for a reason, but we put in a good performance there last season and need to do the same again.

“We know what sort of game we’re going to be in for and will have to adapt accordingly, so we’ll be ready.

“There was a bit of frustration after the game on Tuesday – and it was the same for the lads in the dressing room.”

There is another big match on the horizon next week, with local rivals Southampton visiting in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Naylor said: “I’ve never really played in any big derbies, so it will probably be the biggest game for me and I’m looking forward to it.”

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