Portsmouth Outcast Handed First Team Lifeline

Portsmouth’s forgotten man Denver Hume has reportedly been handed a glimmer of hope in his quest for first-team action as he was named on the official squad list that has been submitted to the Football League, as revealed by The News. 

The former Sunderland defender, who signed for Pompey in January 2022 for a fee believed to be in the region of £200 000, has been restricted to just 29 appearances for the south coast outfit due to injury and being out of favour. 

Hume was brought to the club by former manager Danny Cowley and was seen as one for the present and the future but the move has not worked out how either club or player would have hoped. The 25-year-old was close to joining Swindon Town during the transfer window before a last-minute loan to Grimsby Town collapsed. 

Manager John Mousinho has now named Hume in his 18-man squad list which means he is eligible for selection for all fixtures, a move that at least gives the Northumberland-born man something to work for as exclusion from this list would have meant no football until at least January. 

What’s Been Said?

Portsmouth’s chief executive Andy Cullen believed it was ‘important’ that Hume was included. 

He told The News, ‘On deadline day we were trying to see if we could get a deal sorted for Denver Hume, but there wasn’t anything there really appealing to the club to do something. That’s fine and he is part of our squad list which has been submitted – and is part of the next few months here at least.’

Writer’s View

Hume may still find it an uphill battle to get some game-time at Fratton Park but had he been left off the list his career would have truly stalled and, for the next few months at least, he would have had nothing to work towards.

The left-back faces completion from Connor Ogilvie and new recruit Jack Sparkes for a place in the starting eleven but his ability to play further forward down the left may open a door for some first-team action.

I doubt it will come as a surprise to anyone should Hume be moved on come the January window but it remains to be seen whether Swindon or Grimsby reignite their interest after failed summer window moves. 

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