6 Dec 2012

Worth a bid? LFC scouts watching unplayable double hat-trick hero...

Liverpool, Chelsea and Stoke City are reportedly three of a 'host of Premier League clubs' watching 19-year old Portsmouth attacking midfielder Jed Wallace.

According to Sky Sports:

"Wallace, who is highly regarded after being plucked from non-league by Pompey in 2011, is being tracked by a number of clubs.

"Liverpool...have had scouts take in Wallace's recent progress, and it is little surprise that he has impressed"

Wallace is currently on-loan at Ryman League outfit Whitehawk FC, where he has grabbed 11 goals in 11 games, including two hat-tricks in quick succession.

One of the youngster's hat-tricks came against Leiston on the 20th November, and Whitehawk's official match report for the game described Wallace's ability in glowing terms:

"The unplayable Jed Wallace was a constant menace with his speed and quick feet. Wallace grabbed his second on half time after beating two players and smashing an unstoppable shot past the keeper"

Due to Portsmouth's financial situation, most of the club's players are on month-to-month deals, and Wallace is reportedly free to leave Fratton Park in December with only a 'minimal amount of compensation' due.

Premier League clubs may be circling, but Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham seems keen to keep the youngster at Fratton Park. He told Portsmouth News last week:

"Jed is very much in our thoughts. When we get out of administration, he will be one of the first on the list that we convert into the first-team squad. When everything’s sorted here, we’ll call him back and he’ll be part of the squad"

Clearly, if Liverpool were to move for Wallace, he'd go into the U21s/youth team set-up rather than the first team.

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. We must have at least two dozen of scouts watching players every week. We also have a number of very talented strikers on our books. We may add another one or we may not. Right now the only striker that I care about is the one we'll be bringin in in January to further the development of the squad. In fairness, this kid is probably best off staying at Pompey, it's the best chance he has of first team football at his age. If he continues to score hat tricks on a professional level, the clubs will return for him.

  2. I must say that, as a Pompey fan, I hope he stays, as he will probably play for us once we are out of admin (if I perhaps should say? :P), but at Liverpool at least Rodgers seems to be playing youngsters, and if the lad is a good as his stats suggest - who know? As for him being on month-to-month deals like the other players, this is rubbish, as he signed a 3 year contract in 2011 when he signed for us under Steve Cotterill - so he, like the other youngsters we have, is actually on a long-term deal. So no easy move there :D

  3. Ah so! The Jamie K is not all omnipotent amongst the web blog stuff!

    haha! no worries man...

    keep up the good work!