Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has handed one of summer signings a boost this weekend by claiming he can play in any one of four positions for the side, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
Pompey current languish 18th in the League One table, albeit with three games in hand on many of the teams above them, and will be hoping to get some points on the board this week as they host Burton Albion.
One player hoping to be involved is former Ipswich striker Ellis Harrison. He struggled for form at Portman Road following a switch from Bristol Rovers but Jackett believes he’s can fill a number of roles for Portsmouth.
At Blackpool, he came on on the right and gave us a bit of power,” said the former Wolves boss. “He has good pace, good power and a good attitude.”
That means Jackett can see him being useful in any of the front four roles currently available in Pompey’s 4-2-3-1 setup.
“He will contribute and I do think he can play in any of the front four positions. In the wide area, he’d play on the side with the full-back that would get forward because the closer he can get to the centre-forward then the better.”
Harrison bagged twice for Portsmouth yesterday as they beat Norwich Under 21s in EFL Trophy action.
He’s throwing Harrison a bone here after a good performance against Norwich. The 25-year-old has struggled for game time and with the likes of Brett Pitman and Oli Hawkins waiting for a role up top, there has to be something else on offer for Harrison.
He could operate out wide, but it wouldn’t play to his strengths. If he sat behind the target man he could easily convert their formation to a 4-4-2 when on the offensive, but I’d question his value as an additional midfield if they’re under pressure.
It will be interesting to see if he’s included on Tuesday, even just on the bench.