Portsmouth have been linked with a move for 33-year-old Derby County forward David Nugent, according to the Daily Mirror via the Derbyshire Telegraph.
Nomadic Nugent spent four years at Fratton Park between 2007 and 2011, scoring 20 times in 93 outings. He’s also played for Preston, Leicester and Middlesbrough before moving to Pride Park.
He’s appeared 22 times this season, but a goals haul of just two won’t see him remain in Frank Lampard’s plans for long. That’s alerted Kenny Jackett who will surely see the players’ experience as vital to his own club’s promotion push.
Pompey are top of League One and desperately hunting a spot in the Championship at the end of the season. They’ll need every advantage they can muster to hold off Luton and Sunderland, including perhaps the former England man.
He’s one of only three players to hold a record of ‘one cap, one goal’, the others being former Everton ace Francis Jeffers and West Ham player Paul Goddard.
Would he be a wise acquisition for Pompey. We believe so and here’s three reasons why.
First and foremost, he’s an experienced player with England honours and that would be valuable around the club.
It’s not just what he can bring to the playing side, but his knowledge would surely help out around the place in terms of coaching and development.
there would be a first team role to fulfil, maybe not as a regular starter, but whatever he did on the pitch would be matched by his contribution off it.
He might feel there’s unfinished business at Pompey. When he left Preston he looked set for stardom, but his spell at Fratton Park was a huge flop.
Maybe he feels there’s a point to prove to their fans. If so, they could get an energised and motivated 33-year old still able to perform to a decent level. If they do, they’d be much better for it.
He’s played all of his football in the last 14 years in the top two divisions and dropping into the third tier might be just right for him. He’s a robust player, but his reading and understanding of the game might now be more suited to the fast pace and intensity of League One.
He could well find that dropping out of the Championship helps him find some good form.