Ritchie loaned out to Dagenham
Matt Ritchie, a product of our academy side and a Gosport local who lives within touching distance of Gosport's Privett Park - he also scored a hat trick against them in pre-season, has been loaned out to Dagenham
To be honest I have not seen the fella play - but I have only ever heard good things about him in the reserves and he always seems to feature prominently in reports I read. So if he is good enough why should he not feature in someway in the 1st team squad this, or as is more likely, next season?
The 18-year-old plays on the left side of midfield - which was a problem area but is now an area we are well stocked in - is someone that I had hoped could maybe have a part to play in the 1st team this season and had we not played Chelski in the league cup maybe he would have been used that night? Maybe he still could have been used regardless...
A loan with the league two side will not do him bad at all, as he will at least be playing 1st team football for the next month at least - and this is obviously better than playing reserve football, no matter how much of this he plays.
As I say I have not seen him play so I do not know if he is good enough, but despite the fact that Harry Redknapp has not been overly keen on blooding youngsters with Pompey, as we have so many of them coming though - hopefully - if he, or others, are good enough they are old enough aren't they as the saying goes...
Thoughts on Ritchie and our other youngsters would be welcomed please guys. Is he - and/or others - realistically capable of stepping up to the 1st team in the near future?
PLAY UP POMPEY!