Portsmouth striker John Marquis has said he has had to adapt to playing in the Number 10 role this season under Kenny Jackett.
Speaking to BBC Solent reporter Andrew Moon on Tuesday, the 27-year-old stressed that he is not a natural at the central attacking midfielder role, and instead says his game is more suited to the centre forward position.
“I believe I’m a number 9 and that is my best position,” Marquis said.
Kenny Jackett often opts for a 4-2-3-1 formation for Portsmouth, and has selected Ellis Harrison ahead of Marquis as the sole striker in recent months. That has seen him play as a Number 10 when both men have been on the pitch.
That has seen Marquis become a frustrated figure at Pompey, as he is primarily a centre-forward.
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His scoring capabilities were crucial to the South Yorkshire side’s run to the play-offs last season. He ended the 2018-19 campaign with 26 goals for the club in all competitions.
The forward reunited with Jackett when signing for Portsmouth, as the pair worked together at Millwall at the start of Marquis’s career. Jackett gave Marquis is professional debut at the age of 17.
However, it has not gone as planned at Fratton Park this season for the striker, who has five league goals to his name in 23 appearances.
With the second half of the season well underway, Kenny Jackett will have to take Marquis’s comments on board, or risk falling out with the player.
The Pompey manager has been reluctant to change his 4-2-3-1 formation this term, so Marquis had to continue to work hard in training to get the opportunity to start games ahead of Ellis Harrison.