With a club laced in history, it is still quite hard to imagine Portsmouth in League Two, however after 3 gruelling years in the fourth tier of English football at Fratton Park, we have had time to get used to it.
As soon as ex-Chesterfield man Paul Cook was appointed, however, The South Coast club have looked much more impressive following his arrival.
Pompey, who bought in some extremely exciting signings in the pre season of the 2015/16 campaign, came agonisingly close to promotion from Sky Bet League Two last time around, snatched away from them in the closing minutes of stoppage time at Plymouth Argyle.
The Blues look destined for promotion once again. Reminiscent of last year, they are making very high profile signings, the likes of flair players such as Milan Lalkovic and Carl Baker, both from Walsall and MK Dons respectively – it seems as if the Pompey board are going all out to secure promotion this time around from the basement league.
But the major downfall as to why Pompey didn’t claim the ultimate prize last year was due to stuttering form and injuries, and the harsh, gruelling duration of Sky Bet League Two took its toll on Portsmouth, who lacked in firepower in the core of their team.
Here, Football League World writer George Harbey, identifies THREE players that will surprise a lot of people at Fratton this year, and will play integral parts in taking the Blues back up to where they belong….