November 20, 2013
Pompey have completed the signing of Dan Potts on loan.
The versatile West Ham youngster tied up a loan move to Fratton Park and will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s visit of Scunthorpe.
The 19-year-old, who has made 11 appearances for the Hammers, is a left-footed player who normally operates in the centre of defence.
However, Guy Whittingham has earmarked him to fill the left-back spot which has proven troublesome for the Blues so far this season.
The 19-year-old has made 11 appearances for the Hammers.
The son of former West Ham defender, Steve, he is an England under-20 international and spent part of last season on loan at Colchester.
At the Weston Homes Community Stadium he made five appearances, before being recalled by the Hammers in January and thrust into their first team.
Potts played against Manchester United in the FA Cup last term, as well as featuring against both Sunderland and Arsenal in the Premier League.
Yet, during the current campaign, his sole appearance came in a 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Burnley last month.
Pompey’s board gave Whittingham the go-ahead to strengthen his squad following Monday night’s special meeting – in the aftermath of the AFC Wimbledon debacle.
With John Marquis having returned to Millwall at the end of his two-month loan, finances have been juggled to allow the Blues boss to make another signing.
Potts is now set to be given an instant debut for Saturday’s crucial fixture against Scunthorpe to Fratton Park.