Portsmouth have completed the signing of 18-year-old left-back Liam Vincent from National League side Bromley.
Pompey have officially confirmed the signing of Liam Vincent from Bromley for an undisclosed fee. Danny Cowley has said that the club beat off competition from Premier League and Championship sides to land the defender on a development contract.
The News reported earlier this week that Portsmouth have been tracking Vincent throughout the season after he made his debut for Bromley at the age of 17. Cowley is said to view the left-back as a player for the future and the club hope that he will be able to transition from the under-23 side to the first-team in the coming years. Lee Brown is the only senior left-back in Cowley’s squad, but The News expect a defender to come in to bolster that position.
Cowley has praised the “exciting” youngster and outlined the work he needs to do. Cowley told Portsmouth’s official website:
“While there was lots of interest from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs, he believed Pompey to be the right club for his continued development. Having played senior football already, he wanted to go into a first team environment.”
“He has a lovely left foot and excellent physical attributes. Offensively, he carries real threat with ball carrying skills and crossing ability. He is also a set-piece taker.
“He has work to do on the defensive aspect of his game and we look forward to working with him on the training ground to develop this area of his performance.
“We now have two exciting young, attacking full-backs at the club in Haji and Liam – both have outstanding athletic potential and we will work with them to develop their game.”
Cowley will be delighted that Portsmouth have been able to snap up the promising fullback prior to the opening of the transfer window this month. Pompey have moved quickly to sign Vincent following his rise to prominence in the first-team at National League level, which has stopped any other clubs from being able to swoop in and secure his services – as Cowley has explained with the Premier League and Championship interest.
This means that Cowley may not need to stress about adding more depth at left-back to his squad as he knows that Vincent is coming in and that he could be used if his first-team options are absent through injury or suspension.
Vincent made seven appearances in the National League and was an unused substitute for a number of other matches. He has been exposed to senior football at a very young age and he could bring that experience with him to the under-23’s team at Portsmouth, which may help him progress ahead of his peers who may not have had the same pathway.
The 18-year-old has also shown his versatility for Bromley this season. Vincent has been deployed as a left-back, a central midfielder and as a winger, although Portsmouth are said to view him as a left-back in their plans. This bodes well for his chances of being able to develop into a first-team player for Portsmouth as it shows that he is capable of adapting to several different roles, which could add more value to his services as Cowley could utilise him in a variety of ways depending on what he wants to do.