Cardiff City striker Omar Bogle just doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break at the moment.
The former Grimsby Town man looked to have a big future in the game when he left Blundell Park, but since then he’s struggled to match the potential he showed in black and white.
His spell with Cardiff City has not brought the success he’d hoped and a subsequent loan move to Birmingham also ended in failure.
He switched to Portsmouth in League One and had looked to be a real force for them. He seemed confident, at home in the lower level and certainly a handful for defenders.
He scored a couple of goals, ousted Ollie Hawkins from the side and appeared to have his career back on track. Now, as Pompey enter the final stages of a thrilling season, Bogle is back on the bench.
The EFL Trophy final appears to have been the threshold for him. He’s only appeared twice since that win, with Hawkins and Brett Pitman finally being deployed together as Portsmouth storm towards the top two.
To make matters worse for Bogle, he’s recently picked up an injury and was forced to sit out the Easter Monday clash completely, unable to even make the bench. Pompey won 2-1.
There’s the old adage ‘never change a winning team’ and whilst it might not apply to the modern game all the time, Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett will surely be looking to keep it consistent now there’s a rhythm to their play.
That leaves Bogle out in the cold, not wanted by his parent club and failing to impose himself sufficiently on his current employers.
It means an uncertain future for the one-time £1m striker. He’s unlikely to secure a Championship move, permanently or on loan, given his recent Portsmouth exploits. He’s certainly proven himself to be an adequate League One striker, but will that be enough?
He’ll be wondering what the next stage of his career will offer and who will be willing to take a chance on the fading potential he possesses.