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Opinion: Why Portsmouth could benefit from the addition of 25-year-old striker

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Portsmouth have looked solid in their last few games and are steadily making their way up the League One table.

One area that Danny Cowley will want to address this season though is upfront, with the former Lincoln boss eager to add to his attacking options to ensure they can continue to challenge at the right end of the division.

Their usual go-to for goals is John Marquis and although he has still bagged four goals – and is proven at this level – he has hit the net much less frequently than normal so far.

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It means that the club are now searching for fresh recruits in the winter window – and their eye has been drawn to Notts County striker Kyle Wootton, as reported by The News.

But would it be a good signing for them? Or should Portsmouth look elsewhere?

His previous experience points to it being a bit of a risk for the club. He’s not scored regularly in League One or Two despite playing there for a number of seasons for the likes of Scunthorpe or Stevenage.

He’s never hit double digits in the EFL and has managed about two or three per season so far – so at first glance, the stats point to a player who might not be able to bag regularly either.

However, dig deeper and you can see there is certainly a talented player there. In League One, despite all his appearances, he only has a total of 28.9 bouts of 90 minutes. Despite this, he has a total of 11 goals and one assist.

That works out at 0.42 goals or assists per 90, which isn’t bad work for a player that, at the time, was only a teenager.

As he has built on his experience and got more frequent gametime, the goals have increased too. Now at Notts County in the National League as a 25-year-old, he is bagging goals for fun. With 36 goals in 88 starts, the signs point to a player who is now prolific and knows what he needs to do in front of goal to score consistently.

He will also be available on the cheap, with his contract expiring and Notts County not exactly blessed with a lot of wealth. A small fee in the winter window would likely be enough to tempt them to sell and there is the potential if he continues his rate of scoring to be sold on for a lot more in the future.

Wootton then could quite easily be the steal of the winter window – and Portsmouth may actually find themselves a diamond in the rough if they can capture the shrewd signing of the striker.


Writer for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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