Portsmouth boss: Lauren has found it quite difficult

Redknapp said: “Lauren has found it quite difficult. He has been out for a long time. I think he will end up being my right-back next year because Glen Johnson will probably go back to Chelsea.

“It must be very difficult for him to come here straight from Arsenal. It is very different here to the way it is at Arsenal. Very different. When they play, they ping the ball all over the place and play football which is attractive to watch.

“He has played at a fantastic level. Now he has come here and the matches he has been involved in have been scraps on the most part.

“They have been scrappy, hard-fought games – not games where he has been able to play. Also, he has played with the same group of players for a long time.

“He has walked into this club and doesn’t know too many of the lads here.”