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Cowley: A Wonderful Opportunity

Boss explains his transfer philosophy

2 June 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Danny Cowley has delivered his transfer blueprint ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Pompey made their first move in the market this summer by bringing in promising teenage defender Liam Vincent from Bromley.

And with a number of players moving on following the conclusion of the previous season, there are plenty of spaces to fill.

Cowley is now looking for the perfect blend of talent that can help his side enjoy success in League One.

The Blues boss said: “Our biggest challenge as a club is the number of players we need to recruit and, consequently, how we achieve compatibility both on and off the pitch.

“With 12 players out of contract and four loanees going back to their parent clubs, it creates a wonderful opportunity to make assertive, intelligent decisions.

“We’re looking to recruit towards our game idea, but post-covid, believe the financial landscape – both in terms of transfer fees and wages – has changed.

"We know there will be some outstanding value as the window develops and have worked relentlessly in the close season to identify potential targets."

Danny Cowley

“However, we know there will be some outstanding value as the window develops and have worked relentlessly in the close season to identify potential targets.

“There is a clear understanding of the playing profiles and – just as importantly – the type of people we want in our changing room next season.

“Our aim is to create a balanced squad, including some upcoming development players with athletic and learning potential, young League One-ready guys with the potential to perform at a higher level, top League One/Championship players, and a sprinkling of experience and leadership quality.

“We have always enjoyed success in the loan market and aim to sign some above the level, who can make our starting 11 significantly better. This will help to not only improve the team, but also support and improve our assets.”

Cowley has plenty of work to do in the weeks and months ahead, but has urged everyone to remain patient.

He said: “In an ideal world the squad will be complete by the first day of pre-season. Unfortunately, this is just not a reality.

“We will all need to be patient and hold our nerve if we are to realise the very best value in the market and sign those players who can help us achieve what we all want for this football club.

“These are new beginnings for Portsmouth FC. We are absolutely determined to create something that you can all be excited about and, more importantly, be proud to be a part of.”


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