Forgotten man Cooper still in Guy’s thoughts

On-loan Pompey player Shaun Cooper
On-loan Pompey player Shaun Cooper

He has become the forgotten man of Pompey.

But Guy Whittingham is adamant Shaun Cooper still has a role to play this season.

And he intends to keep the versatile performer on loan until the end of the campaign.

The 29-year-old has not featured in any of Pompey’s past six matches.

After being a regular following his loan arrival from Crawley, a hip injury initially kept him out of three matches.

Since his return, Cooper has had to settled for a place on the bench as an unused substitute for the past three games, while Whittingham’s side continue to enjoy an upturn in results.

With the caretaker boss employing the same line-up for the past five matches, Cooper hasn’t had a look-in.

The former Bournemouth player’s loan is up for renewal within the next week.

But Whittingham has every intention of keeping him around.

He said: ‘Shaun has been unfortunate to be out of the side when it started to get consistency.

‘He can play in midfield and also do a decent job at centre-half and right-back, important versatility for us.

‘We had the hiccup with Patrick Agyemang and his loan, but that has been sorted now.

‘With Shaun – and Patrick – there is an understanding we will sign them to the end of the season on month-to-month deals.

‘Shaun came into the side straight away having not featured since October for Crawley, then he got an injury.

‘Since coming back he has been on the bench and we have not had the opportunity to bring him on.

‘But Shaun is a good pro and has not pulled me to one side and complained or gone about moaning.

‘As a pro you can see the current team is doing well so you understand why you cannot get into the side.

‘He just gets on with training and does not have any issues. Certainly, he’s not high maintenance.

‘To be honest, not many in the group are high maintenance. You tend not to want those type of people.’

Cooper has made seven appearances back at the club where his career started.

From the Isle of Wight, he made seven appearances before leaving in the summer of 2004 for Bournemouth.