Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley has told The Portsmouth News he will continue to run his eye over two young players from the Premier League, currently on trial at Fratton Park.
The former Huddersfield boss suffered his first defeat in charge of Pompey this weekend, going down 2-1 at home to Burton. It left his side fifth, but they can be overtaken by his former charges Lincoln City, should the Imps win their game in hand.
42-year-old Cowley has a contract that runs until the end of the current season at Fratton Park, but despite the uncertainty, he confirmed that he will continue to run an eye over two trialists from the top flight. Max Taylor (Man Utd) and Pierre Ekwah (Chelsea) are both out of contract with their clubs this season and looking for a new deal.
“They have been in and the aim is for us to have a look at them in our environment,” he said but added a note of caution. “With any transfer, there is not just two organisations, unfortunately. There are always a number of parties involved.”
He went on to discuss the virtue of not only looking at the players but letting them look at Portsmouth.
“This club is an easy sell and we’re in a good position in that respect. We want to show them we have a vision for the players and how we’ll move them forward in the next stepping stone of their career.”
Ekwah is both a central defender and a holding midfielder, and he spent time with French side FC Nantes as a youth. Aged just 19, he has played 24 times for the Blues U18 team, as well as making six appearances for the U23s.
Taylor, a 21-year-old defender, has been with United since 2014 and has appeared18 times for the U23s. He has had some senior experience, spending time on loan with Kidderminster Harriers and Stalybridge Celtic.
It remains to be seen if either leaves a lasting impression on Cowley, who will be hoping to recruit as a Championship manager over the summer.
Cowley is certainly saying the right things, making friends and influencing fans on the south coast. He sells himself superbly and one can only imagine he does the same with the young players he wishes to recruit.
It is a tough challenge for him, and his brother Nicky, not knowing if they will be at Fratton Park beyond the current season. It is strongly believed they will be, and that means planning ahead. Even if they are there, and if they wish to plan ahead, not knowing which division to plan for is another hindrance.
The only comfort is that should Pompey not be promoted, they are surely one of the biggest draws outside of Sunderland in the third tier.
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