Portsmouth frontman Brett Pitman appears to face an uncertain future at the south-coast club after being left out of the squad for his side’s clash with Walsall in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
Pitman has struggled for minutes in recent weeks after featuring in just three of Pompey’s last 13 league matches, and he was excluded for the EFL Trophy clash amid reports linking him with a move to League Two this month.
It is being reported that Swindon and Plymouth are both interested in securing a deal for Pitman who is set to see his Portsmouth contract expire in the summer, with the striker having only scored four goals in 15 games this season.
Pitman has been a consistent goalscorer since his arrival on the south coast in the summer of 2017, but it seems unlikely the 31-year-old will be offered a fresh deal at the Fratton Park outfit, with this having prompted transfer interest in his services.
Here, we take a closer look at the options open to Pitman at the moment…
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See out his contract at Portsmouth
It does not seem likely that Portsmouth will extend Pitman’s services beyond the current campaign given the notable decline in his goalscoring record, but Kenny Jackett would surely still welcome the frontman’s services until the end of the season.
Pitman is capable of adding valuable depth to Portsmouth’s frontline which could come in handy during Pompey’s potential play-off push, and he has proven that he is still capable of chipping in with goals when he is called upon.
However, the fact this option could leave Pitman with the possibility of becoming a free agent over the summer means he may want to seek a move away from the club this month, and he could hardly be blamed for this course of action.
Drop down a division to join Plymouth
Plymouth have made a burst into the League Two play-off places following a run of strong form in recent weeks, but manager Ryan Lowe is still thought to be keen on adding an experienced striker to his side’s ranks ahead of their promotion push.
Lowe has seen a wide number of his attacking players share the goalscoring burden so far this term, but it is understood that the Argyle boss would prefer to have a player such as Pitman who can provide a guaranteed source of goals.
This would make Pitman a highly-valued member of the squad at the south-west club, but there has not yet been any indication as to whether he would be enticed to make the move along the south coast.
Replace Eoin Doyle at Swindon
Swindon confirmed on Tuesday that leading marksman Eoin Doyle had been recalled by parent club Bradford, and this means the League Two leaders will likely be seeking a replacement for a player who netted 23 goals in 22 games this campaign.
It is being reported that Pitman has been identified as the club’s number-one target to replace Doyle’s goalscoring exploits, and this could present an attractive opportunity for Pitman to join a promotion-chasing side in the fourth tier.
Pitman would instantly become the club’s leading striker following Doyle’s recent departure, and receiving regular minutes at a top lower-league side might well be the best route for the 31-year-old to take at this point in his career.