Young ace tipped to assist Pompey on regular basis

Guy Whittingham believes unlikely creator Adam Webster can keep on conjuring up the goals.

It was the 17-year-old’s pass from his own half which created Izale McLeod’s equaliser against Coventry last weekend.

Webster had only entered the fray in the 67th minute as a substitute for the injured Mustapha Dumbuya.

Then, deep in stoppage-time and with Pompey facing their eighth successive defeat, he struck a sublime ball from the right-hand channel.

McLeod did the rest, steering it home from close range for a dramatic point.

For Whittingham, Webster’s contribution reflected how comfortable he is on the ball.

And he is adamant the West Wittering youngster has the potential to provide more assists from full-back.

‘Muzzy was injured against Coventry – he had a calf problem,’ said Whittingham.

‘He could carry on but it may have only got worse, so we brought Adam on.

‘He has played right-back before and I felt would be able to put some decent balls in – and the lad did well.

‘Adam doesn’t always do that in training, we have played different systems at times.

‘But he can handle the ball well, knows a pass and plays at a good tempo.

‘He is a player who is genuinely comfortable on the ball and we are pleased with that side of his game.

‘You know he has the ability to produce a pass like that from a full-back position and, on this occasion, it got us a goal.

‘We were all celebrating afterwards. It was like a win.

‘Like other young lads, he needs to work defensively on one-versus-one and on covering but you learn as you go on.

‘Adam has got work to do and he knows that. He’s training hard.’