Portsmouth centre-back Sean Raggett, on loan from Norwich City, has spoken about his eagerness to get back to his top level, as reported by The News Portsmouth.
With Oli Hawkins injured, the 26-year-old was brought into the starting line up for the 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, indicating that he could be set for more regular starts.
Speaking to The News Portsmouth, he said: “Looking at 2019, I’ve barely played back-to-back league games.
“It’s a strange one when you’ve been out for so long, a lot of the things you don’t have to think about in a game, you begin to think about. It’s because you’re not used to playing, just little things.
“You need games to get everything back to where I know I can be. I would say I’m quite mentally strong. I don’t like playing badly, but know the levels I can play.”
Two breaks to his right ankle at different points last season meant that Raggett only managed to play 10 games in all competitions while on loan at Rotherham United, as per Transfermarkt.
He has started 2 games for Pompey this campaign, coming on as a substitute in the last five minutes of the Carabao Cup win over Birmingham City.
His debut against Coventry City didn’t go to plan, as Portsmouth let a 3-1 lead slip to draw 3-3, Raggett was given a WhoScored rating of 6.0 for that game, having made 5 clearances, but no tackles or interceptions.
There was definitely an improvement against Bolton, as he was given a rating of 7.0, after making 1 tackle, 4 clearances and 1 interception, while there will have also been satisfaction about keeping a clean sheet.
It will be a massive boost for Raggett if he is able to stay in the team and perform to a high level, while it would also be useful for Pompey.
Kenny Jackett has spoken of his desire to keep a consistent back four, so Raggett certainly has an opportunity to establish himself in the side.
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