Portsmouth certainly saw a few incomings and outgoings this January, with a flurry of activity coming near the start of the transfer window for the south coast side.
After a poor first few months of the season, Pompey have had a real upturn in fortunes in the past couple of months, and the January transfer window was seen as an opportunity to strengthen well to push for promotion during the second half of the campaign.
The Fratton Park faithful will be hoping that all of Portsmouth’s January additions can make a positive impact as the club look to make their long-awaited return to the Championship.
In our last FLW Six Pointer, we discuss Bradford City’s January transfer window in more detail.
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Which players arrived at Fratton Park in January?
“Portsmouth made a handful of signings in the New Year, with all of them interesting additions in different ways.
“Reeco Hackett-Fairchild arrived from National League side Bromley to start off with at the beginning of the window, after an impressive season with the Ravens.
“Then Steve Seddon joined Pompey on loan from Birmingham City to add competition for places in at left-back.
“Finally, Cameron McGeehan made the switch from Barnsley on loan until the end of the season – a player with proven Championship experience.”
Which players left Pompey last month?
“A total of three players left the south coast club during January as they all sought new pastures.
“Right-back Anton Walkes sealed a switch to the MLS, joining Atlanta United on a permanent deal.
“Then, third-choice goalkeeper Luke McGee joined League Two Bradford City in search of game-time on a loan deal until the end of the season.
“Lastly, academy product Leon Maloney made a bold switch by leaving Fratton Park for Dutch second tier side FC Volendam.
Why did Kenny Jackett allow Anton Walkes to leave?
Walkes found himself down the pecking order in the right-back position, with Brandon Haunstrup and Ross McCrorie often turnout there for Pompey.
The 22-year-old ended up filling in at left-back and in central midfield, and proved himself to be a useful player with good versatility, but found it hard to get starts in his natural position.
Hence, Jackett had to go with the player’s wishes and allow him to leave for America.
Hackett-Fairchild is a bold signing – an interesting addition?
“This was Pompey’s first signing of the transfer window, and it drew comparisons with the previous arrival of Louis Dennis in 2018 – also signed from Bromley.
“Hackett-Fairchild has had a good season for the Ravens this season, and has earned a move back to league football after temporarily having to drop down to the fifth tier.
“Kenny Jackett has stated that the forward is one for the future, and that he needs to push the other forwards to earn a place in the team.
“The 21-year-old has been described as someone with a lot of ball-playing ability, so we have to wait and see if this one pans out well for Pompey.”
Does the signing of Cameron McGeehan show Kenny Jackett’s statement of intent?
“The simple answer here is yes.
McGeehan has featured for Barnsley this season in the Championship, and this is a fantastic signing for League One level.
“The central midfielder also helped Barnsley achieve promotion from the division, so he also has experience of a promotion push.
“McGeehan may have only joined on loan, but his quality will be a real plus for Pompey going forward.”
Will these additions help Portsmouth achieve their promotion ambitions?
“It is hard to say, but so far, so good.
“McGeehan and Seddon have both shown so far to be good players for Pompey, and they both will have a bearing on Portsmouth’s position at the end of the season.
“However, the club also needed to sign a central defender this window – and that might come back to haunt them.
From what has been seen of Pompey so far in 2020, they will be there or thereabouts come May.”