Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams has urged the club to make a permanent move for Cameron McGeehan.
Kenny Jackett’s side missed out on promotion from League One after their play-off semi-final defeat to Oxford United. The tie ended 2-2 on aggregate and was decided on penalties, with McGeehan missing the fateful spot kick.
The 25-year-old midfielder arrived at Pompey in January on a short-term loan deal from Championship side Barnsley and that will now come to an end following the end of the 2019/20 season.
Portsmouth News claimed that McGeehan – valued by TransferMarkt at £360,000 – is surplus to requirements at Oakwell, and Williams believes that Pompey should make a permanent move for the Barnsley player.
He told Portsmouth News: ‘”ou could hear a pin drop in the dressing room, nobody said a word, just the gaffer. Everyone was trying to console Cam because he is such a good guy and you feel for him.
“Fair play to him for stepping up and taking one. People miss penalties, unfortunately. The keeper made a good save.
“Hopefully we can keep him on board. I like playing with him and I’m sure it will give him the extra fire in his belly to kick on next season.
“You can’t really talk to him after what happened, I gave him a hug. We are all there for him, there’s not a lot you can say to him. He’s happy here, he likes the boys, he likes the manager. He has settled in well, he’s settled in quickly.
There is always at least one unlucky player in a penalty shootout and McGeehan proved to be that person against Oxford.
Despite the midfielder’s setback on Monday evening, the Barnsley man seems to have impressed at Fratton Park judging by Williams’ comments, so hopefully they can pursue a permanent deal for him, particularly with his parent club facing the drop to League One for next season.
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