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78 progressive runs: The 23-y/o Portsmouth man who has shown his quality this season



Although the season has been put on hold for the moment, Portsmouth still find themselves in the hunt for promotion from League One, and one man has been key towards their current league position.

23-year-old Ronan Curtis has been the side’s best player this term, but it was not without difficulty at the start of the campaign.

Curtis was in the final year of his contract going into the season, which put his future at the club in doubt.

It did not help the Irish international’s cause that he was below par for the first couple of months for Portsmouth along with the rest of the squad, as the side sat in the bottom half of the table until November.

However, the winger, who was signed from Derry City back in May 2018, has since continued his upward trajectory for Pompey, and is currently the club’s top scorer in League One.

His success on the pitch was rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year contract at the club at the start of February, keeping him at Fratton Park until 2023.

Here, we delve deeper into Curtis’ statistics this season, looking just how big his impact on the team has been…

He has played a total of 3848 minutes of football for the south coast side this term in all competitions, making 44 appearances in the process. If and when the season continues, that figure could surpass 60.

Curtis has mainly been used on the left flank for Portsmouth in Jackett’s 4-2-3-1 formation, with his all-round game being a major plus for Pompey.

In League One, the 23-year-old remains Pompey’s top scorer with 11 goals, although his total of 13 in all competitions sees him one behind striker John Marquis.

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That is an impressive tally for a winger, and he has also contributed with nine assists in all competitions. His performances in the league have been recognised, as Curtis has won a total of seven Man of the Match awards.

His total of 78 progressive runs forward this season shows that he often drives the team forward when he is in possession of the ball, but he has also been noted for his defensive contribution as well.

However, his passing accuracy stands at 65%, which ranks him down the pecking order compared to his Pompey teammates. That is one thing about his game that can be improved.

Overall, Curtis has shown what he is capable of for Portsmouth this season, but he will know deep down that there is more to come.

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