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Where does Pompey boss see Chaplin's future?
Friday, 1st Dec 2017 18:34 by pompey-fans.com staff

Boss Kenny Jackett has been outlining where he sees Conor Chaplin's future - and it is not as an out and out striker.


The manager believes the No10 role behind the main centre forward could find Chaplin at his most effective.

He told The News: 'I played Kal in front of Conor because I think Kal has a little more pace and is stronger in the air. So, for the ball forward, he’s good. It also allows Conor to come off the body slightly rather than be right up there.

‘He’s not physically the biggest, so he can come deeper and show his footballing ability. Conor has got a lot of football and good technical ability in him. He can link the play, pass and get shots off. He’s somebody who can shoot well from the edge of the box.

'He showed a good strike against Plymouth when it slipped through the keeper’s fingers slightly and went out for a corner. It was a good strike with no backlift. I’ve been pleased with him and I do feel if he can find the spaces he does have the quality and, overall, you then have another goalscorer on the pitch.

‘He can get down the sides from there, too. I do feel for Conor moving forward a big part of it for him is getting away from the big centre-halves and bodies.'

Pompey host Northampton in the Football League Trophy on Saturday.

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