Portsmouth Boss Asks For More From January Signing

Since joining Portsmouth on loan from Brentford in the January transfer window, Myles Peart-Harris has shown flashes of brilliance, but that hasn’t always come consistently.

With lofty expectations put on the 21-year-old since his arrival at Fratton Park in late January, Peart-Harris’ time in a Pompey shirt couldn’t have got off to a better start as he was named the man of the match in his debut against Port Vale.

Since then the versatile midfielder has proved his quality and has started nine of their last 11 League One matches. However, more is still expected to come from him, especially in the final third.

That is perhaps the part of his game that Peart-Harris will be looking to improve the most at the minute. With just a sole goal and no assists in his ten appearances for the club so far, those numbers can definitely be improved from a personal standpoint. Portsmouth are however still unbeaten since the midfielder joined, and are the clear favourites for the title at this point in the season.

With a five point gap to Derby County in second, as well as having a game in hand, the league leaders are in an incredibly strong position with just seven games left to be played. They do however still have to complete the task at hand, and are not promoted just yet.

Peart-Harris picking up his form in the final third may be just what Portsmouth need to get over the line, and they might be able to enjoy the last couple of games as a result of the position they find themselves in currently.

Speaking to The News, Pompey boss John Mousinho praised the January recruit but also asked for more from an attacking perspective.

‘It’s been tough because we’ve changed his (Peart Harris’) position so much. He came in against Port Vale and was man of the match out on the left.

‘Against Northampton he was the first sub we made after Tom McIntyre got sent off, after being part of a side I thought blew Northampton away in the first half. Then we haven’t seen him so much in that position since. We’ve seen him as a six and a more traditional 10.

‘That’s been something we know we can do, but it’s been a difficult challenge for him to adapt to. Whenever he’s done it, he’s done everything we’ve asked for out of possession and never let us down there.

‘We’ve seen glimpses of it (match-winning quality), we’d probably like to see a bit more of it. That’s something with Myles’ development he can grow into – and certainly an area we can focus on going forward.’

Writer’s View

Peart-Harris has proved to be an excellent acquisition for Portsmouth in the January window and he brings obvious quality to the midfield. With injuries across multiple positions, the Jamaican’s versatility has been heavily utilised and he’s been a real asset since joining on loan from Brentford.

Improvements can always be made, and that is something that was emphasised by Mousinho. If able to become more consistent, then the sky really is the limit for the 21-year old. He could well be loaned back into the Championship next season but is equally as likely to be around the Brentford first team.

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