Centre-back Paul Downing has find himself frozen out of the squad at Fratton Park recently, and he has been told by manager Kenny Jackett that he is free to find a new club this month.
The 28-year-old has only been on the south coast since arriving in the summer from Doncaster Rovers, but it looks like his time could be up with Pompey as Jackett looks for another centre-back recruit who can come in and take the place of Downing within the squad.
With the experienced defender potentially on his way out of the club this month, we take a look at the stats behind the season for the unwanted Portsmouth man as he waits for clubs to make their move for him…
The defender started the season in the starting XI at Fratton Park, however he quickly found himself out of the team and demoted to the bench as his form failed to impress Jackett and his coaching staff.
Despite an unimpressive time at the club so far, Downing has still made 14 appearances this season as his time looks to be cut short at Fratton Park.
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Downing may not have been the best defender to suit the way that Jackett likes to play with the ball on the ground and trying to play it forward, but the 28-year-old still handled his defensive duties well.
The defender was never scared of throwing himself in front of a shot from an opposition defender, making eight blocks across his 14 appearances as he tried to make sure that his goal wasn’t breached.
Downing has always been known as a defender that takes nonsense from nobody, and he committed just the two fouls as he kept his game clean but effective, instead trying to force his opponents away from goal and delay them for as long as possible.
At 28 years of age, he would have built up a good understanding of the game, as he has proven by making 84 interceptions during the games he has played and managing to make 47 clearances to prevent the opposition from getting any closer to his goal.
The former Blackburn Rovers man has also shown himself to be semi-capable in the air, as he has won 39 aerial duels to try and relieve pressure on his goal, but the statistic is worrying as it is only 50%.
Downing’s defensive abilities are worth taking a risk on, as he has a warrior mentality and always aims to win no matter what game he is playing on. He would have a good effect on the dressing room and brings experience to a side, and some clubs will see him as somebody who is worth signing.