It has not been an easy start to the season for Portsmouth and Danny Cowley will be under pressure to turn things around and get them moving up the League One table.
One reason for Portsmouth’s issues in League One this season has been that they have not been able to score enough goals in the final third. So far they have managed to score 19 goals in their opening 16 league fixtures. Of the teams above them in the table, only 11th placed Burton Albion have scored fewer than that.
Clearly then, if Portsmouth are going to be able to challenge for a place in the top-six this season they will have to start adding more goals to the team. To that end, you would expect Pompey to head into the January transfer window with the ambition to add another forward player to their squad.
In the past few years, Portsmouth have often missed out on transfer targets to other clubs either in the Championship or in League One. That was perhaps the case with James Norwood when the striker was snapped up on a free transfer by Ipswich Town in 2019 fresh from firing home 30 goals in 48 games for Tranmere Rovers in League Two in the 2018/19 season.
It has been reported by East Anglian Daily Times that Portsmouth are one of the clubs that have held an interest in Norwood in the past.
That comes with Ipswich Town having now decided to place him on the transfer list ahead of the January window after he has not been included in recent squads and is now training with their under-23s.
Norwood has had his issues at Ipswich in terms of injuries and off-field problems. However, there is no doubting that the forward can and will score goals when he is fit and in his best form.
In his first season with Ipswich, Norwood managed to fire home 11 goals in 28 appearances in the third tier and was the club’s top scorer that season. While he followed that tally up with a further nine goals in 26 League One appearances last term.
The 31-year-old due to injury and off-field issues has only been able to make two appearances in the league for Ipswich this season, and he also has summer signings Macauley Bonne and Joe Pigott ahead of him in the pecking order.
So, it is perhaps no surprise that Ipswich are now finally looking to offload the striker. That though could well be to Portsmouth’s advantage.
It was reported by the East Anglian Daily Times that Norwood was one of the best players at Ipswich in the summer in terms of his general fitness when he returned for pre-season. That shows that he has the motivation to stay fit and make an impact in the third tier.
Were Portsmouth to sign him from Ipswich then he would likely be highly motivated to prove a point to his former employers. That could well mean he is able to offer Pompey extra quality in the last third.
Considering their previous interest in Norwood, it would make sense for Portsmouth to now make a move for him in January. However, Ipswich may be reluctant to lose him to a potential League One rival.