Having already secured the services of eight new players this summer, Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett could now be about to bolster his squad once again.
The 57-year-old is currently running the rule over James Meredith who is training with Pompey on a trial basis (via The News) after being released by Millwall earlier this summer.
Speaking to The News about the full-back, Jackett said: “Meredith is a player that has played a lot of league games, mainly at the left-back spot, but could quite easily play wide left as well.
“I am aware that we are now down to one natural left-footer, hence the trial for him.”
If Meredith impresses over the coming weeks for Pompey, it will be intriguing to see whether Jackett decides to take a risk on him as doing so could have a profound impact on the club’s 2019/20 campaign.
Keeping this in mind, we have set out two pros as well as two cons to Portsmouth sealing a deal for the ex-Millwall man based on his recent career exploits.
Check them out below…
He knows exactly what it takes to thrive in League One
Certainly no stranger to the third-tier, Meredith knows exactly what it takes to compete at this level having produced the goods week-in, week-out for Bradford City over the course of four seasons.
With 150 League One appearances to his name, the 31-year-old should have no issues whatsoever if he does decide to drop down to this division.
Providing that he can hit the ground running for Pompey, he could end up playing a major role in helping the club launch a sustained push for promotion this season.
He could provide some much-needed cover at full-back
With Pompey set to be without Lee Brown for six weeks after the full-back suffered an Achilles injury, Jackett may feel as if he now needs to strengthen in this particular position.
If this is indeed the case, signing Meredith on a short-term deal would make perfect sense as he will be able to provide some much-needed competition for fellow defender Brandon Haunstrup who has made two appearances for Portsmouth this season.
He could take some time to settle in at Fratton Park
Although Meredith was very much a mainstay in Millwall’s starting eleven last season, Pompey will have to be patient with him as he may take a while to get up to speed.
Having missed pre-season after being released by the Lions, the defender is currently way behind the rest of Portsmouth’s players in terms of match-fitness and therefore the club may not see the best of him until October or November.
Taking this into consideration, Pompey may have to consider other options if they are looking to sign a player who can make an immediate impact.
There are no guarantees that he will be able to replicate his previous performance levels
Whereas Meredith was a star performer during his previous spell in the third tier with Bradford, there are no guarantees that he will be able to replicate these kind of displays in a Portsmouth shirt.
Having seen his side struggle to click into gear this season, Jackett cannot afford to make any more errors as the pressure is well and truly on to deliver the goods in League One.
Therefore, he must be certain that Meredith still has what it takes to compete at this level before signing him up.