Pompey boss challenges striker

Chris Maguire. Picture: Steve Reid (120852-0094)
Chris Maguire. Picture: Steve Reid (120852-0094)

Michael Appleton has challenged Chris Maguire to prove he can cut it in the Championship.

And the Pompey boss has pinpointed arrivals like the young Scottish international as the future of the club.

Maguire completed his loan move to Fratton Park on Friday and was given a second-half run out in the weekend loss at Brighton.

Appleton sees the 23-year-old as typical of the type of player who will carry the club forward as it fights for its life.

Pompey desperately need to reduce their £12.5m wage bill to make them more attractive to potential buyers.

Appleton is keen to rebuild the squad and make the outgoings more viable by signing young talents on manageable wages.

He believes Maguire fits the bill.

Appleton said: ‘On day one I said I wanted to build a squad around youth.

‘I want people who are hungry to succeed.

‘And I would like to think you’ve seen that in the loans I’ve brought in, the players I’m trying to bring in and those I have.

‘Given the opportunity, I’d like to be able to do that and get some young signings at some point.

‘That’s the future of Portsmouth Football Club.

‘As soon as everyone gets that in their heads the better.

‘The future of this club is going to be young, ambitious, hungry people.

‘I want hungry young lads who can take this club back to where it was three or four years ago.

‘I’ve known Chris for a long time. He can get some game time with us and you never know what may happen.

‘He has got a point to prove. He’s come down from Scotland and had a bit of a difficult time so far.

‘Hopefully he can get a bit of game time and prove he can handle playing in the Championship.’