Walsall win punishes Pompey

Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf says it would be ‘kind of

stupid’ not to want to keep on-loan Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne

beyond this season.

De Bruyne is spending the campaign on loan at Bremen to build up

his experience after joining Chelsea from Genk on a contract until

2017 last year.

The Belgium international has impressed during his time at

Bremen and it has prompted speculation the Bundesliga club will try

to sign the 21-year-old permanently.

His agent has played down such a scenario, but Schaaf is hoping

that De Bruyne could still be part of his plans next season.

“I would be kind of stupid not to want to keep such an

exceptionally talented player at our club longer,” Schaaf told

Deutsche Pressagentur.

“Of course, we will have to wait and see what Chelsea FC intends

to decide on Kevin de Bruyne’s future.

“Generally, he has been a big boost for our squad. We profit

because he is giving his best in the games for our club and we

offer him every chance to impress while he is on loan.

“He’s a great player. And Kevin told me recently how much he

enjoys being at Werder Bremen.

“It’s obvious that he has not yet reached his own maximum. I

would be delighted to keep on working with him beyond the end of

the season that’s for sure.”

Pompey have now gone 14 games without a win, but they showed

plenty of spirit and received great support from their 486

travelling fans.

Portsmouth were the better side in the opening 20 minutes and

should have gone in front when a great ball into the box from Adam

Webster found Paul Benson unmarked, but he volleyed over the bar

with only the goalkeeper to beat.

That proved expensive when Walsall scored in the 29th minute,

Jamie Paterson’s cross being headed across goal by Grigg leaving

Brandy to notch his fourth goal of the season from close range.

Worse was to come for Pompey when, five minutes from the

interval, Adam Chambers released Brandy and when the ball rebounded

from Pompey keeper Simon Eastwood, Grigg was able to poke home his

eighth goal of the campaign.

Pompey fought hard late on and Karl Darlow made fine saves from

David Connolly and Scott Allan, but the Saddlers claimed the