Pompey’s Enda Stevens: I’m in form of my English career

Enda Stevens. Picture: Joe Pepler
Enda Stevens. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Stevens has made 27 appearances for Pompey since joining from Aston Villa
  • Left-back is one of three players who have appeared in every Blues league game

Enda Stevens believes he is in the form of his life in England.

And the attacking left-back has credited Paul Cook’s footballing philosophy for bringing out the very best in him.

I feel I am blending more into the attacking role and the way the gaffer wants us to play

Enda Stevens

The Irishman has been an ever-present in Pompey’s League Two campaign so far.

Stevens’ performances have reached impressive heights during the past few months as he revels in regular first-team football.

The 25-year-old arrived in this country in January 2012, leaving Shamrock Rovers for Aston Villa.

Since then he has also played for Notts County, Doncaster and Northampton.

But following a summer arrival at Fratton Park, he feels the English game is witnessing him at his most productive.

He said: ‘It takes time to settle and I always said there was more to come from me and I still think there is more to come from me.

‘I have got to keep my head down, keep working hard and hopefully play as well as I can.

‘But this is definitely the best I have played in England.

‘It shows you what regular football can do for a player and I am really enjoying it.

‘Since I came to England this is probably my first full season at a club, starting from pre-season and carrying on.

‘No loans out of the club, no hiccups or ups and downs, it is straight in and playing games and that is all I can ask for.

‘Everyone just wants to play games and at the moment there are more games and less training, which is fantastic.

‘I feel I am blending more into the attacking role and the way the gaffer wants us to play.

‘I am just enjoying being down here, it’s a big club, the fans have been fantastic – and I am loving it.’

Stevens made nine appearances for Villa, with the majority of his outings in this country coming while on loan.

He spent spells at Notts County and Northampton, while had two periods at Doncaster, lining up in the Championship and League One.

After he was released from Villa Park in the summer, Pompey snapped up the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international.

Since his arrival, Stevens has flourished under Cook and his desire to play attacking football.

A return of six assists to date is a reflection of the importance of Stevens to the Blues’ offensive game, despite being a defender.

And he is adamant the footballing style suits him perfectly.

He added: ‘The philosophy of football we play brings the best of out of me. I am attacking rather than sitting in.

‘I am being more than a defender and even in Ireland it wasn’t a philosophy like this.

‘This is all attacking, that suits me. Compared to the start of the season, we look a lot more like a team that knows what it is doing.’