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Portsmouth Manager Not Looking Forward To A Future Without Gavin Bazunu

Portsmouth Manager Not Looking Forward To A Future Without Gavin Bazunu
By Gary Connaughton

Gavin Bazunu has a huge future in the game.

At only 20-years old, he has already established himself as Ireland's number one and is playing every week at club level on loan at Portsmouth. That is something that very few goalkeepers have achieved at his age.

He has the potential to go right to top, although he seems more than content with his current club. Despite being well above the standard required in League One, Bazunu is improving with each passing game. It will certainly be his last season at that level, with the player set to draw Championship and Premier League interest this summer.

Speaking to Hampshire Live, Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley summed up just how impressed he has been with Gavin Bazunu since his arrival at the club, comparing him to two other young players he has managed that have gone on to establish themselves as Premier League regulars.

I have spoken about him many times and I normally don’t speak about the young ones because I don’t like them to get ahead of themselves, but he has got such an unbelievable mind-set that it doesn’t matter that I speak well of him because he will always want better...

He’s a student of the game, he’s so bright for some so young and I don’t know whether to say the world at his feet or his hands...

Emile Smith Rowe, Trevoh Chalobah, they are both playing regularly in the Premier League now. Gavin is right there.

He is top, brilliant, I love him. I’m going to miss that kid, I’m going to really, really miss him, every single day...

He is the nicest kid, he is so humble, so keen to want to get better.

No matter how well he does, he never gets ahead of himself. He’s got time for everybody, he’s so driven and focussed.

However good a goalkeeper he is, and he is absolutely top, he is an even better human being and we love him.

Cowley coached both Smith Rowe and Chalobah at Huddersfield Town, with the pair going to impress for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively this season.

Bazunu will have a tough time breaking into the Manchester City team due to the presence of Ederson, although there will be no shortage of clubs looking to sign him should he be available against this summer.

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