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Former Arsenal talent given two weeks to earn Portsmouth deal

Portsmouth will give academy talent Koby Mottoh two weeks to earn a professional contract while 11 other youth players have been let go, as per The News.

Portsmouth have enjoyed a fantastic League One campaign to date and the priority is to get over the line in their automatic promotion bid. They’re top of the League One table as it stands and look on course to rise to the Championship as league winners.

There are decisions behind the scenes that need to be made heading into the summer though. And, around this time of year is where clubs up and down the EFL are picking which academy players will be offered professional deals and who will be let go.

Now, The News has provided an insight into the current decisions at Fratton Park.

They state that Portsmouth are releasing all second-year scholars apart from former Arsenal talent Koby Mottoh. He has been given two weeks to earn a professional contract after five first-team outings this season.

The 10 second-year scholars moving on are Harvey Laidlaw, Mitch Aston, Sam Folarin, Brian Quarm, Bastian Smith, Malachi Osei-Owusu, Jack Fox, Maxwell Hurst, Kevin Bosaka and Dan Murray. Alongside them, third-year talent Destiny Ojo has also been let go.

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, Former Arsenal talent given two weeks to earn Portsmouth deal

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A clean slate

It’s rare to see a club release such a majority of their academy players. Portsmouth haven’t exactly been prolific in recent years when it comes to bringing youngsters into the first-team picture and the numerous academy exits suggest it could be a while yet before some make a breakthrough too.

The hope will be that the departing starlets can prove their talents elsewhere but for the Pompey academy, it gives them a clean slate of players to promote in a bid to get them first-team ready.

For Mottoh, he’s one of the few given a chance to earn a professional deal. He’s had first-team involvements this season and amid some impressive displays in the academy, he’ll be determined to prove he can have a future at Fratton Park as they prepare for a potential rise to the Championship.

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