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Ranked: The top 5 Portsmouth players with the best pass success rate so far

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Portsmouth have made an underwhelming start to the 2019/20 League One campaign under manager Kenny Jackett.

After suffering defeat in the League One play-offs last season, Pompey would have been aiming to take the third-tier by storm in August.

However, this has not been the case as they have only managed to amass five points from their first five fixtures.

Whilst they were well below par in their defeats to Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town, Pompey’s recent performances against Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool did illustrate some signs of promise.

With Jackett’s side set to return to League One action at Fratton Park next Tuesday against Burton Albion, it will be intriguing to see whether they can secure a confidence-boosting victory.

Here, by using statistics from Whoscored, we take a look at the five Portsmouth players with the best pass success rate so far this year…

5) Brandon Haunstrup – 77.8%

In fifth place is full-back Brandon Haunstrup.

A product of Portsmouth’s youth system, the 22-year-old has featured on four occasions for the club this season in all competitions.

During these match-ups, Haunstrup has illustrated that he is extremely confident whilst in possession of the ball having recorded a pass success rate of 77.8%.

4) Tom Naylor – 78.9%

Fourth in the list is Tom Naylor.

Since joining Pompey last year from Burton Albion, the 28-year-old has featured as both a central defender as well as a midfielder.

With seven appearances to his name already this season, Naylor has achieve a pass success rate of 78.9%.

If he can replicate, or even exceed this total over the coming months, the former Derby County man could inspire Portsmouth to a relative amount of success in the second-tier.

3) Ben Close – 80.6%

In third-place is midfielder Ben Close.

Since making his debut for Portsmouth in 2015, the midfielder has emerged as a key player at Fratton Park.

Closing in on 100 league appearances for the club, Close has illustrated a real eye for a pass so far this season having recorded a success rate of 80.6%.

2) Andrew Cannon – 84.5%

The second most efficient passer this season for Portsmouth has been Andrew Cannon.

Signed for an undisclosed fee from Rochdale in January (via Pompey’s official website), the 23-year-old has featured in the heart of midfield on five occasions during the current campaign.

Always looking to find a team-mate, Cannon has managed to record a pass success rate of 84.5%.

1) Gareth Evans – 86%

Topping the list for Pompey is the irrepressible Gareth Evans.

Despite edging ever closer to the twilight of his career, the 31-year-old is still an incredibly important player for Jackett’s side.

In what has been a promising start to the 2019/20 campaign for Evans, he has managed to complete 86% of his passes.

By continuing this level of consistency, the former Fleetwood Town man may end up playing a defining role in helping Pompey secure a top-six finish next May.

ScoopDragon Football News Network