It’s a huge month for Pompey and it could be an interesting year ahead, with the PST waiting in the wings to finalise their purchase our beleagured club.
With the January transfer window now open and the majority of Pompey’s players contracts set to expire, we could be seeing of plenty new faces in the starting XI, come the end of the month.
Top goalscorer Izale McLeod has already left, having mutually terminated his contract and reports suggest he will be making a return to his former club MK Dons, where he still lives. So who will be next to ‘jump ship’?
Rumours have circulated that key defender Gabor Gyepes is likely to leave for stability reasons, as he seeks to move his family over to England from his native Bulgaria, despite being happy at the club.
Winger Jack Compton and young centre-back Josh Thompson have already been snapped up by League One rivals Colchester United and they’re likely to complete a triple swoop by signing on-loan striker Luke Rodgers, who appears to be surplus to requirements at Pompey.
Captain Brian Howard, who has been the victim of heavy criticism lately for a series of lacklustre performances, may leave the club. However, he’s been disappointed with his performances too and won’t want to back down from a challenge so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him still on Pompey books next month. Right-back Mustapha Dumbuya will attract plenty of attention from clubs given his consistent performances but is another player who appears settled on the south-coast.
Pompey’s remaining players all appear willing to fight for the club’s cause and battle against an almost inevitable relegation. Promising youngsters Ashley Harris, Jed Wallace and Adam Webster may leave the club to a higher division, as clubs seek to take advantage of our precarious position but it would take a relatively good deal as they are both tied to long-term contracts.
Jon Harley and Lee Williamson have already expressed their desire to help the club get back to their former glories, which is encouraging given their significant amount of experience in the game.
It looks as though caretaker boss Guy Wittingham will try and exploit the loan market for more players but if the PST complete their takeover in a couple weeks time, could the Pompey board and management be looking at building a squad for League Two next year?