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Are Portsmouth making Tottenham Hotspur regret Luke McGee decision?

The former Tottenham Hotspur goalie has been in fine form for Portsmouth recently.

Mathew Nash

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In the summer many Tottenham Hotspur fans were left surprised by the club’s decision to let goalkeeper Luke McGee leave the club. The young stopper had just had an excellent loan spell at Peterborough United and many felt he was the perfect option to play third-man to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm in North London.

Instead, he was allowed to join Portsmouth in the summer for an undisclosed fee, joining on a three-year deal.

Judging by his recent form Portsmouth will be very pleased Tottenham decided to move McGee on. The 22-year-old has been in excellent form recently, as Portsmouth forge a late charge for the League One play-off places.

Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres (R) watches as Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Luke McGee (L) makes a save during the International Champions Cup football match between English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur and Spanish club Atletico Madrid in Melbourne on July 29, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / –IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE– (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

His form is even more impressive when considering Pompey manager Kenny Jackett made a decision to replace him in January. Portsmouth re-signed former keeper Stephen Henderson on loan from Nottingham Forest and the Irishman went straight into the starting XI ahead of McGee. But the injury-plagued Forest stopper suffered a thigh strain that ruled him out for the rest of the campaign. McGee came in and, in the next game v MK Dons, put in a man-of-the-match performance.

Since then Portsmouth fans have been very pleased with the performance of their goalkeeper, who has played 39 times for the club in League One this season.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Luke McGee of Portsmouth in action during the Checkatrade Trophy Round 2 match between Portsmouth and Northampton Town at Fratton Park on December 2, 2017 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Tottenham meanwhile look like they could lose Michel Vorm in the summer and with only Paulo Gazzaniga in support, the presence of McGee could have been a brilliant bonus for Tottenham in the future.

The young stopper is proving at Portsmouth that hard work and patience can pay off. With a little bit of luck thrown in, he has been showcasing his brilliant ability over the past two months.

Now he will have his eyes on moving one step closer to joining Tottenham in the Premier League, by getting Portsmouth into the League One play-off picture.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Millwall

Millwall should raid Wolves again for Kortney Hause if Jake Cooper leaves

Millwall will need a replacement if Jake Cooper heads to Rangers.

Mathew Nash

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Millwall are facing a fight to keep hold of their star defender Jake Cooper. The 23-year-old is Steven Gerrard’s top transfer target to finish his defensive overhaul at Ibrox. The London Evening Standard most recently reported a bid of £3 million and, despite Millwall saying he is not for sale, Rangers are determined to get their man.

In an ideal world, Millwall will keep Cooper. Hopefully, that does prove to be the case. But if not, they need to start planning for his potential departure.

Wolverhampton Wanderers success and influx has made them a happy hunting ground for new players in the past and Millwall would be wise to revisit Molineux for a potential solution.

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The player in question is Kortney Hause.

Handed a new three-year deal in April the newly-promoted Premier League side clearly hold a lot of hope for the future of the left-sided defender.

But the reality is that the Goodmayes-born former West Ham United youth-team player is not going to be a regular in the Premier League next season.

Hause played just three times for Wolves last season, so it is hard to see him playing more now they are promoted.

A loan deal is surely a possibility and Hause would be an excellent recruit for any Championship club.

If Millwall lose Cooper this summer, then bringing Hause back to South London would be a fine move.

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Bournemouth

Sheffield United may regret £10million deal taking David Brooks to Bournemouth

The Championship starlet is set to sign for Premier League Bournemouth.

Jake Jackman

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Bournemouth are set to sign David Brooks from Sheffield United in a deal worth more than £10 million, according to the Bournemouth Echo.

There haven’t been many Premier League signings announced since the beginning of the World Cup, but the Cherries have managed to make progress.

For those that aren’t familiar with the 20-year-old midfielder, he is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League after establishing himself in Chris Wilder’s team.

The news of a deal being close have come out of nowhere, but there were links made between Bournemouth and Brooks earlier this summer.

Supporters can consider this a coup for their club, as the Welsh international had previously been rumoured to be a target for Tottenham by The Sun.

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Although they didn’t act on that interest, it underlines how highly he is thought of within the game and bigger clubs will follow his progress with interest.

Brooks is at the early stage of his development and he could benefit massively from working with Eddie Howe. Until now, he has been mainly used as a substitute, but he has shown his class in the handful of starts he has been given.

The standout performance came against Sheffield Wednesday when he was started in a central role. The 20-year-old wasn’t overawed by the occasion and delivered a display of the highest quality.

One of the key reasons he has stood out as a big talent is his dribbling ability. Brooks is excellent at quickly manoeuvring the ball to beat an opposition player and then move into the space created.

His end product needs work and his decision making can be questionable, but there is a lot to work with for Bournemouth.

Last season, he contributed three goals and four assists in the Championship, with a goal involvement every 164 minutes.

Considering his bit-part squad role, that is an impressive return and Sheffield United fans were hoping that 2018/19 would be a breakout year for him at Bramall Lane.

However, it now looks like they won’t get a chance to see the young midfielder in a Blades shirt again.

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Sheffield United are a team on the up and they will have ambitions of challenging for a top six finish during the coming campaign.

Brooks could have been a difference maker for them if given a regular starting role. There were positive signs last season and he looked ready to make the next step under Wilder.

The decision to sell him is an understandable one, as they will be receiving a club record fee. That said, the reported fee of £10 million plus add-ons is one that will disappoint some supporters.

His potential is huge and he could be worth more than double that in 12 months’ time. They could be cashing in too soon.

On the other hand, if they can use the eight-figure sum to bring in two or three quality second-tier players, they could quickly transform themselves into a promotion contender.

The fact that Brooks wasn’t a regular starter last season means that it isn’t a disastrous departure, but there was a huge opportunity to turn him into the star of this team and that is now gone.

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Swindon Town

Phil Brown needs to keep his promises of developing Swindon Town’s academy prospects

The Robins’ manager has made a commitment to the club’s young talent.

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Swindon Town have succeeded in tying down youth academy centre-back Joe Romanski, and Phil Brown now needs to keep his word when it comes to developing the club’s youth.

Romanski was one of three academy graduates to get some match action during Brown’s two months in interim charge, with the defender making his professional debut in a 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town as well as the final 17 minutes in the final day’s 3-0 win over champions Accrington Stanley, a game that also saw Jordan Edwards get his first 81 minutes for the first-team.

Scott Twine saw the most football under Brown, though, adding four more matches to his tally, having made his debut in May 2018, and can be proud of his displays, despite the striker failing to net his first goal.

Robins fans seeing ‘one of their own’ on the pitch felt alien as, despite professing to use the youth set-up, previous manager David Flitcroft did not give a single league minute to academy players at Swindon.

Goalkeeper Will Henry and Tom Smith were limited to EFL Trophy outings, while Tom Ouldridge, Jake Evans and Twine were all loaned out to various non-league clubs over the course of the season, as were Henry and Smith.

Smith has been the poster boy for Swindon’s academy in recent years, and scored 11 goals over three loan spells at Bath last season, but Brown has decided to let him leave, much to the disappointed of Town fans who feel Smith did not get a fair crack of the whip.

Brown now needs to ensure that more promising talent coming out of the academy does not go to waste.

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