Conor Chaplin prepared to bide his time for Pompey action

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Conor Chaplin has scored seven goals in 19 appearances this season
  • The forward averages a goal every 93.29 minutes for Pompey this season

The goals continue for Pompey’s forward blessed with the Midas touch.

Yet Conor Chaplin has vowed to maintain his patience as he awaits a regular starting spot.

I am only 18 years old, so there is nothing wrong with being patient if that is what you need to do

Conor Chaplin

The youngster took his season’s tally to seven after netting the Blues’ match-winner at Northampton last weekend.

With four of his total arriving as a substitute, the 18-year-old has also recorded six goals in four reserve outings during the campaign.

Such has been Chaplin’s deadly impact, his minutes-per-goal ratio registers at 93.29 – better than Jamie Vardy, Romelu Lukaku, Olivier Giroud and Riyad Mahrez.

Yet the passageway into Paul Cook’s starting line-up for Pompey’s top-scorer remains blocked by the impressive form of Marc McNulty and Caolan Lavery in particular.

And the home-grown player has no qualms about biding his time.

Chaplin said: ‘I’ve have to be patient this season.

‘But the gaffer will give me a chance, he has made that clear to me, I have just got to deliver when I get on the pitch.

‘I am only 18 years old, so there is nothing wrong with being patient if that is what you need to do.

‘Then you see how good Lav was on Saturday and he and McNulty have been phenomenal in the last few games, they have been really good together. I don’t need to speak too much about their performances since they arrived here, everyone can see the impact they have had.

‘For me it’s not just about games against Northampton, I also must score in matches on a lower scale in reserves behind-closed-doors fixtures.

‘A forward player must always be looking to score goals and thankfully I have done that so far in each of the reserves games.

‘And I just want to keep that going.’

Despite starting only seven times this season, no Pompey player has scored more than Chaplin.

He registered upon his first start of the campaign in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Reading in August.

The youngster from Worthing also netted twice after lining-up against Barnet in September.

Yet it has been from the bench where the majority of his goals have emanated from, with strikes against Derby, Stevenage and York.

Then with his first touch he bagged the winner against the Cobblers at the weekend – within a minute having been introduced.

Yet competition among attacking positions is fierce at present, with six-goal Adam McGurk also missing out, while Matt Tubbs (five) and Gary Roberts (four) have been out injured.

Regardless, Chaplin is relaxed over the necessity to serve more time from Cook’s bench.

He added: ‘I’m loving it this season, it has been going well.

‘I had a first start against Barnet, which went well, then some other lads came in because of the squad rotation we have got.

‘We’ve got a lot of players and everyone needs to play, and obviously we want to be getting into the top three.’