Hitman is happy to be deep-lying danger

Pompey attacker Michael Drennan Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey attacker Michael Drennan Picture: Joe Pepler

MICHAEL DRENNAN promised he’s happy to be a deep-lying danger for Pompey.

The Aston Villa loanee has normally operated as an out-and-out striker in his career to date.

But he was a revelation playing in the attacking trio behind Ryan Taylor at Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend.

Drennan helped himself to two goals after being handed his first start under Andy Awford.

The 20-year-old has scored goals regularly for Villa’s Academy side on the European stage as a front man.

But playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation is not totally alien to him, after operating in a deeper role at age-group level for Republic of Ireland.

Drennan feels it still enables him to be a goalscoring threat, and allows him to get in positions to damage sides.

He said: ‘I usually play up top, but Tayls is there.

‘I’ve played where I did last Saturday for Republic of Ireland, but on the left.

‘Playing on the right allows me to cut in and shoot and I’m getting myself in those positions,

‘If I keep getting myself there I’ll score them.

‘If I’m not there, there will be a problem.’

The win at Dagenham provided Drennan with his fourth start in Pompey colours since arriving at Fratton Park in February.

That was off the back of three starts and three substitute appearances at Carlisle earlier in the year.

Pompey’s success has been based around Awford’s using three attacking players behind Taylor up front.

With Wes Fogden, who has been in fine form, injured last weekend, the caretaker boss had no hesitation in turning to Drennan to fill the gap.

It was his sharpness in training which caught his manager’s eye.

Awford explained yesterday in The News, he has worked on boosting Drennan’s confidence since succeeding Richie Barker.

That paved the way for his opportunity, operating behind Taylor – where he will be set to continue against Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

Drennan explained he has no argument with playing in the position, with Taylor thriving as Pompey’s focal point up front. He stated he likes linking up with the striker, whose hold-up play has shone of late.

‘Tayls is great to play with,’ added Drennan.

‘He’s such a strong lad who can flick balls on for us.

‘It’s great to have that.He can hold it up and he can flick it on.

‘He can direct headers into your path.

‘He’s great to play with and has a great left foot.

‘If he keeps going the way he is, he’ll do well.’