Portsmouth will be looking to mount a serious challenge for promotion during the second half of the season, and Kenny Jackett will be turning his attention to the January transfer window to address certain problems at the club.
Pompey’s disappointing first few months of the campaign saw them in the bottom half of the table, but the South Coast side have turned things around, and now sit just one point off the play-offs in League One.
The 1-1 draw on New Year’s Day with Gillingham at Priestfield saw Pompey’s poor record away from home continue. The Hampshire side have won just twice in eleven games on the road this season.
The manager may be thinking about potential reinforcements to improve his side’s record on their travels.
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On top of that, the futures of certain players at the club need to be resolved.
Here, we take a look at three transfer priorities Portsmouth need to sort out this month:
Addressing Craig MacGillivray rumours
Portsmouth’s No.1 goalkeeper was surprisingly dropped for their last league game against Gillingham. It has been touted that the reasoning behind it was because of the rumours linking the 26-year-old with a move to SPL side Rangers.
Jackett stated that the decision was purely due to tactical reasons.
At this stage, they are just rumours. However, Portsmouth need to do what they can to keep the Scotland international on their books.
MacGillivray has been a consistent performer for Pompey since joining the club in 2018.
New contract for Ronan Curtis
Although Kenny Jackett has said that he will address the situation regarding his out of contract players at the end of the current season, it is clear that Ronan Curtis deserves an extension to his current contract.
With six months left until his deal expires, the 23-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season, with other clubs able to negotiate terms with the Irish international one month before the expiry of his contract.
Curtis has been one of Portsmouth’s best performers this season, scoring ten goals.
Signing a central defender
With Jack Whatmough suffering another setback in his recovery from a knee injury, and Oli Hawkins regularly filling in at the back despite being a striker, Kenny Jackett has been on the search for a left-sided central defender.
The Portsmouth News report that the club are keeping an eye on Tranmere’s Manny Monthe.
The Birkenhead club value the 24-year-old at £750,000, and that could prove to be a stumbling block for Pompey.
Lapses in defensive concentration have been a problem for Portsmouth this season, so a centre-back should remain the priority.