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Kenny Jackett lauds Portsmouth man’s impact ahead of weekend clash

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Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has lauded the impact that Marcus Harness has been able to make since joining the club earlier this summer.

Signed for an undisclosed fee from Burton Albion (via BBC Sport), the winger has made a bright start to the 2019/20 campaign at Fratton Park.

After firing in his first goal for Pompey in their 2-1 defeat to Sunderland, Harness turned provider during the club’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Coventry City as he set up Ronan Curtis.

The 23-year-old has since continued his fine form by scoring in Portsmouth’s last two outings and will be determined to push on over the coming months.

Following Jamal Lowe’s decision to join Wigan Athletic last month, Pompey needed someone to fill the void left by the winger and thus Harness’ recent displays would have been welcomed by Jackett.

Speaking to the News about Harness, the 57-year-old said: “He has been a good player for us in the short space of time and it’s good to see him get on the scoresheet.

“That’s something that he’s wanted to add to his game.

“It’s not taken him long to be a goal threat and a regular scorer for us.

“It’s always nice to start well at a new club.

“He’s shown a lot of promise and a lot of potential.

“Scoring goals in our 4-3-3 system will always give you confidence going forward.”

Whilst Harness is not expected to feature on Saturday for Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy due to a thigh strain, he is in contention to make his return to action against his former side Burton next Tuesday.

The Verdict

Having made a superb start to his Portsmouth career, Harness will now be wanting to help the club click into gear in League One.

Currently 18th in the third-tier standings, Pompey can ill-afford to continue their poor run of form if they are to launch a push for promotion.

Therefore, they may look to Harness for inspiration as he has arguably been their stand-out performer during the opening weeks of the season.

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