Work is probably hectic behind the scenes at Fratton Park as Paul Cook and his management team prepare for the club’s rise to League One, and their first campaign in the division for a number of years.
Whilst I don’t doubt they could do very well in the division next season, there will always be room for improvement in every playing squad and sometimes you can strengthen a team by diving into the tier below.
That is why I suggest Portsmouth should look to sign Accrington Stanley’s creative mastermind that is Sean McConville, a midfielder who can also play out wide and has an eye for a pass.
The 28-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the realms of non-league but has risen in recent years, specifically the last ten or so months for his current employer.
McConville arrived at Stanley two years ago when very little was known about him, however, his rise in League Two is something quite impressive as the Liverpool-born man topped the list for most assists in the division for the 2016/17 campaign.
He racked up 16 all together throughout the course of the season and consistently caught scouts’ attention with several superb set-pieces which ended up in the back of the net – it’s very rare for someone to flourish at this late stage in their career.
With that number of assists, it’s obvious that Portsmouth hugely benefit if they acquired his services and I think it wouldn’t be too difficult for Sean McConville to agree to a deal at Pompey.
A free-kick specialist and ability to find the striker are just two of his most valuable assets, and Paul Cook would be foolish not to at least attempt to sign the midfielder.
Portsmouth fans, is he the real deal? Do you think McConville could step up a division? Let’s hear your thoughts and options in the comment section below!