The insider’s account of marquee signing’s sluggish start at Portsmouth, where manager predicts better days for former Cardiff City player

The 27-year-old made many graceful touches and darting dashes, with Latics goalkeeper Sam Tickle saving one of his close-range attempts.

Mousinho offered a candid evaluation on his former Oxford teammate while anticipating what is ahead.

“That’s better, that’s more like it, and that’s the sharpness we need,” I told Gavin in a conversation.

We believe we haven’t quite seen that; we’re not hiding behind anything.

In some respects, it’s a great place to be because we know there’s more to come, but we also need to receive more from him.

Gav looked incredibly sharp, and it was a great start in the right way.

The only thing that was required of him was a goal.

After summer in which Whyte became father and looked for new club after being released by Cardiff, Mousinho emphasized the aspects Pompey fans may not have noticed behind Whyte’s performance to date. As result, there was great deal of movement between Wales, Northern Ireland, and England, in addition to his Fratton transfer and the new obligations of motherhood. ‘There’s always context,’ Mousinho continued. As spectators, you only get to witness what happens when they are playing, but these players have lot going on off the field as well.

‘With Gavin, he’s come over after moving from Cardiff back to Belfast in the summer because he didn’t know what club he was going to sign for.

He gave birth to a young child in August, which caused a great deal of commotion and sometimes required some time to settle.

The sooner that happens, the better, but we must remember that each participant is an individual, and we must treat them as such.Having two children myself, I am aware of how difficult it can be to be a professional football player.Unfortunately, you have to leave your wife behind to work night shifts, and all of that is a factor. We are responsible for being aware of these things.

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