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The £383k-rated striker that could spearhead Portsmouth to promotion in 2017/18

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Kenny Jackett has started to prepare his new Portsmouth squad for life in League One next season, with the impressive acquisition of former Swindon Town captain Nathan Thompson.

The 26-year-old made 167 appearances for the Robins, and provides much-needed experience in League One that the Blues’ squad already has in abundance.

Everything is set up for Pompey to kick on from their promotion from League Two, and with season ticket sales flying past 13,000, the good times are certainly promising to return to Fratton Park.

One thing that is lacking from the Pompey squad however is a proven goal scorer up top, and despite young starlet Conor Chaplin displaying glimpses of class last season, the addition of a striker who would easily reach double figures wouldn’t go amiss.

One player who Jackett must look to bring to Fratton Park this summer, is Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke, who is valued at a price of £383k on Transfermarkt.

The 32-year-old definitely knows how to find the net in League One, and contributed to the Blades promotion to the Championship last season with a total of 7 league goals in 23 appearances.

Clarke arrived at Bramall Lane from Bury, where he scored 15 goals in 32 games for the Shakers, and although he is perhaps coming towards the end of his career, his pace and strength would be a formidable asset for Pompey, who lack a clinical goal scorer up top.

With a further 15 league goals in 23 games for Coventry City in 2013/14, Clarke would be a shrewd signing for any League One club, and Jackett must look to reunite with the powerful forward after their days together at Molineux…

So…what do you think Pompey fans? Should Jackett look to go in for Leon Clarke? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: The £383k-rated striker that could spearhead Portsmouth to promotion in 2017/18

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