Portsmouth go into the second half of the season looking to improve on their fortunes in League One so far this campaign.
Kenny Jackett’s side sit in tenth place in the table, and judging by the fact that the club were predicted to achieve automatic promotion this season to the Championship, it has been an underwhelming 2019-20 so far.
However, with the transfer market now open, the Pompey boss will be analysing his squad, and will be keen to make decisions that can enhance Pompey’s chances of climbing up the table.
With a transfer window also comes speculation of potential exits, and it has been reported by the Portsmouth Times that Swindon have made Brett Pitman their primary target in January following the departure of their on-loan striker Eoin Doyle back to Bradford City.
Here, we analyse Pitman’s first half of the season at Pompey, and discuss whether it is likely that the 31-year-old will be leaving Fratton Park this January…
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Pitman has been at the south coast club since 2017, and has been a success, scoring 42 goals in 98 appearances for Pompey.
However, chances have been limited for the 31-year-old this season at the club, and Pitman finds himself behind Ellis Harrison and John Marquis in the pecking order in the striker position.
The forward has played a total of 836 minutes of football for Pompey this term, making just four starts for the club in the league.
However, in that time he has still demonstrated his prowess if we take a closer look at the statistics. The 6’0″ forward has won a total of 51 aerial duels at a success rate of of just under 50% in all competitions.
Although his goal tally is down on what is expected of him at just four for the season, that in large part is down to his lack of opportunities in the team.
With a passing success rate of 76% and a total of 32 touches in the opposition box, Pitman has shown that he still has what it takes as they are impressive statistics.
It remains to be seen what the club and the player decide with regards to Swindon Town’s interest. The Robins are flying high this season in League Two and are one of the favourites for promotion to the third tier.
Pitman is in the last six months of his contract at Pompey, and the club will know that there is a possibility to cash in on the 31-year-old during this transfer window as opposed to letting him leave Fratton Park for a free transfer in the summer.