Portsmouth are already preparing for the January transfer window, as they have been scouting talent north of the border to improve their current squad.
It has been reported in The Daily Record that Pompey are keeping their eye on Liam Polworth, who is a central midfielder that plays for Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
The 25-year-old signed for the Fir Park outfit in the summer from Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a free transfer, and has proved to be a fantastic signing for Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson.
We look through Polworth’s statistics to see if he would be a worthy buy for Pompey as they look to climb the League One table.
Polworth has been a key reason why Motherwell sit 3rd in the Scottish Premiership, as he has provided five assists in the league from central midfield, including another three in the Scottish League Cup, taking his tally to eight so far. This without doubt shows that Polworth has an eye for a key pass. With his expected assists (xA) tally being a figure of 4.53, Polworth has surpassed that expectation.
He has managed to get those five league assists in 1277 minutes of football so far. A key reason behind that is his passing ability, which is backed up. Polworth has made 112 passes to the final third, registering an accuracy percentage of 78.6%, which is a respectable figure. Out of the 112 passes to the final third, 16 of them were through passes.
However, it is not just his passing in the attacking third of the pitch that makes him a good signing for Portsmouth. The Scot has made 513 passes in total throughout the SPL campaign, and 83.4% of them were accurate. This shows that he is comfortable in possession of the ball, and demonstrates the composure that is needed with the ball at his feet.
Team mate and Wigan loanee Devante Cole has praised Polsworth’s contribution previously, citing his suitability to talking set-pieces, and his delivery being one of his strengths. So far he has attempted 12 crosses, with an accuracy of 41.7%. The lower percentage is understandable as general passing has a predictable outcome, therefore we can still deduce that it is a successful figure.
At the present moment, Polworth would be a good acquisition. It all depends if he can adjust to Kenny Jackett’s 4-2-3-1 and dictate play as much in League One as he does for Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.