They are the utility men Andy Awford is convinced can provide his squad with precious strength in depth.
Pompey’s boss has earmarked Adam Webster, Joe Devera, Nicky Shorey and Danny East as versatile cogs in his set-up.
The quartet demonstrated their adaptability last season by turning out in a variety of different positions.
Now Awford is revamping a squad which numbered 32 at the campaign’s end to a more manageable size.
And the likes of Webster, Devera, Shorey and East offer crucial options when agonising over his line-up in the forthcoming campaign.
‘I want quality and not quantity. I would rather have 22 than 32 in the squad,’ said Awford.
‘We will put together a quality squad – that’s the challenge and versatile players are worth their weight in gold.
‘Adam Webster is my wild card, he gives us that flexibility. He can play anywhere across the back line and has something. I’m looking forward to working with him.
‘He can cover all those positions along the back, although I have my own opinion where he will play and feature.
‘Joe Devera’s best position is at centre-half, but at a push he can play full-back, while Nicky can play in midfield if required.
‘Danny East can slot into defensive positions as well as midfield.
‘All of them give me plenty of versatility.’
n Pompey will field a reserve side in the newly-formed Final Third Development League southern division this forthcoming season.
The Blues will be joined by AFC Wimbledon, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Luton and Peterborough in the eight-team set-up.