Appy ready to send Walker on loan

Liam Walker during the League One clash against Notts County earlier this season. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123105-563)
Liam Walker during the League One clash against Notts County earlier this season. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123105-563)

Michael Appleton has put Liam Walker up for loan.

But Pompey’s manager is adamant the midfielder still has a long-term future with the club.

Walker and Josh Thompson are among names circulated for loan by the Blues.

It’s a move designed to give them games as well as create space to bring in other loan recruits.

Both featured in a Pompey XI’s 4-1 win over Gosport on Monday night.

Walker was the inspiration for that victory with three assists, while he also struck the post.

But he has not played a minute of first-team football since September 22.

The visit of Notts County in the FA Cup tomorrow may well throw him another opportunity.

But Appleton believes it will be beneficial if the 24-year-old can be loaned out.

He said: ‘Liam did well against Gosport.

‘He needed a work out and got that. We’ll see how things develop with him, especially in the next week or so.

‘He needs games but at the minute we are not in a position where we have the luxury of possibly throwing in someone like him.

‘It’s dog eat dog and we need people who are used to this division and are aware of what’s needed at this moment in time.

‘So we are looking at sending him out on loan.

‘Liam has struggled to come to terms with the physical side of it.

‘Myself and the other coaches watch him in training every day and he is going through a spell of being knocked off the ball each and every time he gets it.

‘He has started to do a little bit of strengthening work with Chris (Neville) now and has got a programme.

‘We won’t reap the benefits of that probably until January or February.

‘That will probably coincide with what I have said all along – we won’t see the best of him until March or April.

‘Once he gets a full pre-season under his belt at Portsmouth, I think next year could be a big year for him.

‘But we would like to get someone in who would be slightly more competitive right now to fight for a place in the starting XI.’

Walker has made seven appearances since joining in the summer.

Yet just one of them have come in the past 10 matches.

And Appleton hopes clubs show interest in taking him on for at least a month.

He added: ‘Circulars go out and you invite people to make an enquiry about certain players.

‘Liam may get minutes tomorrow, it might do him the world of good.

‘But that may give an opportunity for someone else to see him and maybe take a chance on him for a month or so.

‘We are not going to let him go out to any team.

‘It has to be the right team that suits the way he wants to play and would replicate how we want to use him.’