Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has heaped praise on summer signing John Marquis despite Pompey’s tough start to the season, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
Marquis, who joined for a fee approaching £2m from Doncaster Rovers, got his season up and running with a goal against Coventry City this week in a game his new employers ended up drawing 3-3.
Jackett, who also managed Marquis during his time with Millwall, is convinced that he’s going to be a big part of any success Portsmouth have this season.
“I think John is the finished article, looking at him I think it’s his time,” said the Pompey boss.
“He’s good to go and I am sure will have a good season – he will be a big part of it. He has worked very, very hard and we must make sure we give him the right balls and the right service.”
Jackett added that is was the responsibility of his teammates to get closer to the 26-year-old and get the best out of his for the team.
“At times we have left him a little bit isolated, sometimes we have been 25-30 yards away from him.
“That is too much during the course of the game, whether that be the wingers or our attacking midfield players. We need to get people, bodies and combinations up around him.
“We need people up around him quicker and better – if we can do that we can get more out of both him and the whole team.”
Pompey have won just one of their opening four fixtures, with one draw and two defeats. That’s left them languishing in 14th in the early League One table.
Marquis is a top striker, anyone who saw him at Doncaster last season would testify to that. He’s agile and a natural finisher.
He needs support though and I’m not sure whether the 4-2-3-1 is the ideal way to provide that support. Portsmouth are screaming out for a change of direction and with some of the other talent they have, it would be much wiser to get a player further forward to add value to Marquis in attack.
He will score goals, but he won’t do it all on his own. That’s an issue Jackett and the Portsmouth squad must look to address if they’re to get into the top six over the coming weeks.