When Portsmouth were forced to say goodbye to Jamal Lowe earlier this summer following his decision to join Wigan Athletic, manager Kenny Jackett lined up Marcus Harness as the man to possibly replace the winger.
Signed for an undisclosed fee from Burton Albion (via BBC Sport), the 23-year-old would have had every right to feel daunted about the prospect of filling the void left by a player who provided 26 goal contributions for Pompey last season.
However, Harness has instead embraced the added pressure with his performances during the opening weeks of the 2019/20 campaign, offering a great deal of hope for the club’s supporters.
Whilst Portsmouth have yet to click into gear in League One, the winger’s individual displays have nevertheless been very impressive.
Considering that Pompey will unquestionably be aiming to launch a sustained push for promotion this season, it will be intriguing to see just how big of an impact Harness will be able to have over the coming months.
Here, in our latest spotlight article, we take a look at whether the winger has what it takes to be the ideal replacement for Lowe, by taking a look at his statistics from the current campaign.
Having played a total of 598 minutes of action so far this year, it is safe to say that Harness is already emerging as a key player for Portsmouth.
Before being given a rest by Jackett yesterday for the club’s clash against Crawley Town in the EFL Trophy, the winger had started seven consecutive games.
During these match-ups, Harness illustrated a real eye for goal as he managed to find the back of the net on three occasions.
If he can continue his goal-scoring exploits during the remainder of the campaign, he could prove to be a fantastic outlet for Pompey.
More than capable of providing creativity from the wide areas, Harness has already set up one goal for his team-mates this year and will be aiming to match, or even exceed, the seven he achieved at Burton last season.
Always looking to take the game to the opposition, the winger has completed 53 successful dribbles in League One so far.
By sticking to these principles, it would not be at all surprising if Harness ends up creating some special moments at Fratton Park in the future.
Given that the former Port Vale loanee has only won 34.4% of his duels this season, it is imperative that he makes an improvement to his particular facet of his game, whilst his pass success rate of 61.2% is far from ideal.
However, when you consider that Harness is still adapting to his new surroundings, it could be argued that as the months pass by he will have every chance of becoming a sufficient replacement for Lowe.