This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Portsmouth are set to complete the signing of defender Kieron Freeman, a report from The Portsmouth News has revealed.
Freeman is a free agent following his departure from Swansea at the end of last season, having made just one appearance for the club after joining on a short-term contract at the end of the 2021 winter transfer window.
The right-back previously spent a spell on loan at Portsmouth during the 2015/16 season, where he made seven appearances for the club.
Now it seems as though Freeman will soon be back at Fratton Park, with this latest update claiming that the signing of the 29-year-old could be completed this weekend.
So would Freeman be a good signing for Portsmouth? And is he a player they need to bring to Fratton Park?
We put that question to some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.
His experience could come in handy for Danny Cowley’s side this season.
Portsmouth have lacked some experienced heads in their squad in recent seasons, and signing a player like Freeman would put them in the right direction to addressing that issue.
He’s played at a high level in English football throughout his career, and it could be considered somewhat of a coup by Pompey if they were to land his signature this summer.
It’s easy to forget that he’s only 29, and he’ll certainly feel as though he can play his part in Portsmouth’s bid for promotion into the Championship this term, if he was to arrive at Fratton Park.
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This would be a very good signing for Portsmouth.
Firstly, it’s an area of the pitch that Cowley needs to strengthen and he will be bringing in a player who has proven himself in League One previously – and at a higher level.
However, his contribution to Sheffield United in the third tier won’t be forgotten by Blades fans and it shows how effective Freeman can be. Then, when you add in the fact that he has won promotion before means he will bring the right mentality to the dressing room.
At 29, Freeman should still have a lot to offer and it’s hard to see any negatives to this for Pompey.
This looks like a smart move for Portsmouth to make this summer and Keiron Freeman is a player that has more than enough ability to be a real asset for them in League One next season.
The full-back has not had the best of times over the last year and he did not make much of an impression at Swansea City and he needs a fresh start somewhere he can be an important player again.
Freeman has plenty of pedigree in the English third tier having played a crucial role in helping Sheffield United earn promotion from League One in 2016/17 season. The full-back showed that he could be a threat going forwards and also solid at the back in the division for one of the best sides in the league.
The defender should be able to thrive back in League One under Danny Cowley and he will be keen to prove a point that he still has plenty to offer. The 29-year-old also has the benefit of knowing what it is like to play at Fratton Park having spent time on loan with them in the 2015/16 season.
Whilst Freeman might not be the most exciting of signings, it would be a solid piece of business for Portsmouth to make and these are the additions that are needed to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion from the third tier.