Jed Set For New Portsmouth Deal

Last updated : 14 August 2013 By Jim Bonner

If you believe the words of Mark Catlin, Jed Wallace is going to sign a new deal with Portsmouth which will see him contracted to the club beyond the end of this season.

The Pompey C.E.O has told the local news that he expects to talk figures and personal terms with Wallace's representative before the month is over with both parties keen to keep the 19-year-old at the club.

But do Pompey fans feel the same way?

Whilst it's true that Jed hasn't lived up to the ludicrously high expectations of him at the very early stages of this season, some of the abuse he has been getting at games and on social media has been ridiculous.

Wallace has been a victim of his own success having burst onto the scene last season with some energetic performances and an eye for goal from midfield in League One. It's only natural to expect him to reproduce that form at a lower level.

There could be any number of reasons why Jed hasn't hit the ground running but he doesn't deserve some of the stick he has been getting. We have to remember that he's only 19 and isn't going to be able to star in every game, especially now the opposition are now more wary of him following his exploits last season.

We should also remember that Jed isn't playing in his favoured position. It would be interesting to see if Guy Whittingham gives him a chance to shine in the centre of midfield where he scored eight goals in eleven games for Whitehawk.

Reading between the lines on Twitter it seems like Wallace has taken some of the abuse thrown at him to heart. Whilst any professional footballer should expect to deal with criticism, especially on social media, we should be encouraging our young players rather than aiming useless vitriol in their direction.

Last Saturday it was also noted that one fan told Wallace to "fuck off back to Whitehawk" after he made a mistake against Accrington and other fans have accused him of being "disinterested" or believing in hiw own hype.

Whilst he was having a poor game, he still had the strength of character to stick at it and not shy away. A wantaway player wouldn't bother to keep going the way he did and In the last ten minutes he actually played well and set up a decent chance for Ryan Bird but it seems like a few of our fans prefer to focus on the negatives of that performance.

The only way Jed can silence his critics, despite all he achieved in League One last season, is to perform against Morecambe on Saturday and the fixtures beyond that.

If he scores a couple of goals or chips in with a few assists in the next few games then his ropey start to the season will soon be forgotten and we'll all be singing his name again.