An update has emerged regarding the future of Portsmouth trialist Jay Mingi following his trial period with the club.
According to The News, Pompey are set to make a decision on the future of the former Charlton this week.
The report claims that he made a positive impression on the staff and the players this summer, with Danny Cowley now poised to either offer him a contract or let him go elsewhere.
Danny Cowley must sanction a deal to sign the 20-year-old gem on a permanent contract at Fratton Park. As The News stated, he caught the eye during his trial and was seemingly able to fit in well inside the dressing room as the players were happy with what they saw from him.
One question mark over the potential deal is his fitness situation. Earlier this month, Cowley revealed that the midfielder suffered an injury and that they would take another look at him following his recovery.
The 42-year-old said: “We’re doing the right thing by him by helping him to rehab. Once we’ve rehabbed him we’ll take another look at him.
“He had a grade two tear at the top of his adductor and a grade one tear in his piriformis. He was playing on with it, so he was either stupid or unbelievably brave – I’ll go for the latter!
“We are very open-minded about what we can do with him.”
As Cowley explained, Mingi was playing with an injury and has now missed the start of the season as a result, which means that he could be playing catch-up for the first few months of the campaign and it could be something he needs to manage for a while. However, Portsmouth would not be signing him to come in and make an immediate impact on the first team.
At the age of 20, he would be a prospect for the future at Portsmouth. The defensive midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, only has two EFL Trophy appearances in terms of senior football and will need time to adjust to the professional game. He has a solid grounding having come through the ranks at a Premier League academy in West Ham, and he could be an exciting addition to Pompey’s setup.
Portsmouth supporters will surely be delighted that the club are bringing in talented young players with a view to developing them, rather than exclusively going down the experience route and signing short-term fixes. Mingi could initially slot into the academy side whilst training with the first team and then be given opportunities to show what he can do in League One, which means that fans could enjoy watching his development over the years.