New Pompey recruits must be versatile

Adam Reed is poised to complete a move from Sunderland
Adam Reed is poised to complete a move from Sunderland

Guy Whittingham is targeting versatility as he continues his Pompey player hunt.

The caretaker boss is in the process of tying up moves for free agent Sam Sodje and Sunderland’s Adam Reed.

They will follow Frankie Sutherland through the door after his loan arrival from QPR last week.

Once rubber-stamped, their arrivals will take Whittingham’s squad up to 16 as he strives to rebuild following the recent exodus.

And with more recruits in his sights, the Blues legend wants players who can operate successfully in a variety of roles.

He said: ‘Obviously we are working hard behind the scenes to get people in.

‘It’s a delicate situation when you’re trying to get the best players in for the best deal considering we are in the situation we are in – but we are quite hopeful.

‘When you’ve got a limit of 20 players you need to have players who can play one or two positions 
and that is what we are looking for.

‘For example, players who can play left-back or left midfield, or left midfield and centre midfield, we need combinations of those sort of things and that is the type of player we want to bring in.

‘It’s all about versatility. You have to have that – running with a small squad, that is what you need.

‘There are lots of people contacting us saying “can we come down and train with you?”

‘And that’s all right but we have got to do our research on each them.

‘You have to make sure they’re good enough to come down and have a trial first of all – and that they can play positions we need them in.’