Portsmouth are a side hoping to be on the up, looking to bounce back from the depth of despair to somewhere close to their ‘rightful’ place, wherever that may be.
They’ve been hoping to snatch a League One play off place, but recent form has seen them lose their grip on the top six.
Nonetheless, just twelve months after winning the League Two title, they’re back on the promotion trail. If they don’t do it this season, they’ll be amongst the favourites next time out.
Alongside with Brett Pitman they’ve trialled a couple of former non-league strikers, Jamal Lowe being his regular partner and Ollie Hawkins as a target man, of sorts.
Hawkins hasn’t really settled and if they’re to kick on they might want a big man with a bit more experience to take his place.
FLW have found just the man, a free agent in the summer with lots of Football league experience. Our spotlight finds itself shining on Clayton Donaldson.
34-year old Donaldson is no spring chicken, but he has played his last four seasons in the Championship. A slow-burner, he made his way from the National League to Birmingham City, first tasting proper second-tier football at the age of 30.
This season he’s been used sparingly by Chris Wilder at Sheffield United, making 30 appearances, although 18 have been from the bench. From his nine starts he’s scored five goals, including a brace at Sunderland, a brace at Aston Villa and the winner away at Norwich.
He’s chipped in with an assist to and it is there he could have value for Pompey. At 6ft 1in tall he’s an imposing presence, both in terms of height but also physicality. Portsmouth don’t play a direct ball, but he’d bring an option.
He’s averaged 0.8 shots per game, but when 18 are cameos from the bench that perhaps isn’t such a bad stat. He does get dispossessed 1.2 times, on average, per game. That isn’t an awful lot, he’s a big strong unit and incredibly hard to knock off the ball.
Crucially, he wins 1.6 aerial duels per game. Whether that is assisting or just winning the ball, it could be seriously increased if he were to play regularly.
He would be a great singing for Portsmouth, purely for his experience and athleticism. Whether he’d play every week is another question entirely, but he has an awful to offer.