League One boss refuses to 'exile' £200k ex-Sunderland man amid transfer uncertainty

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Portsmouth boss John Mousinho has provided an update on former Sunderland man Denver Hume.

Portsmouth boss John Mousinho has refused to exlike Denver Hume from the set-up at Fratton Park despite transfer uncertainty surrounding the former Sunderland man.

The left-back was handed his first senior Pompey outing for seven months under head coach Mousinho for the game against Leyton Orient last week.

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The head coach told The Portsmouth News: "If you haven't played football at a competitive level for such a long time – and his last game was Morecambe in April – it takes you a bit of time, especially with Theo Archibald in their side, who is a real stalwart of their league side and a good player.

"He settled into the game really well and had a hell of a job to do. Sometimes it was 2v1 and he had to stop crosses and get out to the ball and did it really well.

"The situation at the football club at the moment isn’t ideal for him, we’ve made no bones about that, but he gets his head down and trains hard. When we’ve a session on matchdays, he comes in with lads that aren’t in the squad, he does his running, he’s right up there, and has a really good attitude towards everything that he does.

"That’s what we saw on Tuesday night because, no matter what happens with Denver at the football club going forward, he has shown he can compete, he has shown he is capable of coming in at very short notice and fair play to him.

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Hume departed Sunderland for Portsmouth back in 2022 for a fee of £200k but has struggled with injury issues and was put up for sale by the League One club last summer.

The move to start Hume represented a surprise turnaround in policy from Portsouth's manager, who said in October that Hume wouldn't feature in the EFL Trophy for Portsmouth despite being fit.

"We knew Denver wanted to leave in the summer and are absolutely fine with that. We had a grown-up conversation about it, but couldn't make it happen in the transfer window.

"Who knows if he will leave in January? We obviously still have two left-backs in the building and I think Denver will have aspirations to play a lot more minutes.

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"But this is a key part of our season, you never know what’s around the corner and if Denver hadn't kept his head down and done his work, we wouldn't have put him into the side, it wouldn’t have been beneficial to him.

Despite being transfer-listed Mousinho has refused to exile Hume and the former Sunderland man continues to train with the club.

He added: "I am very young in my head coaching career, you never know what’s around the corner, but we want to treat people properly if we can.

"Sometimes numbers don’t work out in training and players aren’t involved, but we always keep them around the first team as much as possible.

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"Denver travelled on Sunday (to Chesterfield), we knew he probably wasn’t going to be in the squad but wanted to integrate him into the side, get him used to it, because we knew he was in with a chance of playing on Tuesday,

"He’s a popular character among the lads and, no matter what happens with Denver, he has put a lot of credit in the bank."

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