Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin has claimed that losing no key players during the January transfer window means the squad is healthy ahead of some crucial months.
Pompey have managed to keep hold of their prized assets as they look to forge forward and earn what would be a hugely impressive promotion to the Championship at the end of the campaign.
The season started poorly and manager Kenny Jackett was under immense pressure as they slumped as low as 18th place. Now, they’re flying high and with games in hand and confidence high, there’s no reason why Portsmouth can’t aim for automatic promotion.
Catlin has suggested that the squad is healthy and that Pompey seem to be hitting form at exactly the right time.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Catlin said: “It was tough last January when we lost Ben (Thompson) and Jack (Whatmough). Thankfully this January we haven’t lost any.
“We’re going into February with a full squad and some healthy additions.
“We appear to be a team who’ve turned the corner, are on the up and hitting form at the right time.”
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There seems to be a lot of optimism at the club right now. Portsmouth have been brilliant since their early-season struggles, and they look as though they can really give automatic promotion a good go this campaign.
Jackett has implemented a style at the club that has made them hard to beat and there seems to be no reason why they can’t go up to the Championship.
Catlin is right, and the squad at Jackett’s disposal currently is very strong and looks like it can cause damage to any side in the division.
It’ll be interesting to see if Portsmouth can carry on this run or whether they falter and struggle to stay in the play-offs.