Pompey triallist unlikely to return

Victor Zapata-Caicedo Picture: Colin Farmery
Victor Zapata-Caicedo Picture: Colin Farmery

Pompey are unlikely to pursue their interest in triallist Victor Zapata-Caicedo.

The Colombia-born striker was in the reserve side who beat Cheltenham 3-1 in midweek as he tried to impress boss Andy Awford.

While the Hackney-raised 20-year-old, who was released by Spurs in the summer of 2013, turned in a steady display, he is not expected to be invited back.

Awford said: ‘We had the lad play in the week for us.

‘He was just someone to have a look at.

‘He has been flagged up by a couple of people so we brought him in.

‘He did okay so we will monitor that one but there is nothing imminent.’

While Awford is still working on finding his ideal strike combination, he certainly has options.

He has gone with the pairing of Patrick Agyemang and Craig Westcarr for the past three games, but was weighing up making a change for today’s trip to York City.

Michael Drennan has joined on loan from Aston Villa, Ryan Taylor is now fit after his groin injury, while there was not even a place for Miles Storey in the match-day squad against Hartlepool last week.

And Awford is clearly not actively looking for a new recruit.

He said: ‘We haven’t got anyone else lined up to come in on trial at the moment.

‘I’m pretty happy with the squad I’ve got.

‘We are well off for strikers but, as I’ve always said, if a player comes along that would improve us and would fit the budget, then we would be interested.’