Portsmouth finally got back to winning ways in League One which has since rekindled hope they could gain promotion this season. As every Pompey fan reading this know, the South Coast side really don’t make things easy, do they? Painful. Oh so painful.
Still, Kenny Jackett’s side remain in fourth position and have a real chance of still getting in the automatic places, having also made the Checkertrade Trophy final at Wembley.
That will delight manager Jackett, whose team have battled hard to earn a place at Wembley and stay in contention for promotion. Offered this at the start of the season, that surely would have sounded good. So, imagine just how bad things must have been of late to even ruin that.
Clear, although there is still so much to play for this season, Portsmouth need to start planning how they will get better next season. If they plan correctly, they can build on the obvious blocks in place to really mount a sustained return to the upper echelons of the English footballing system.
Transfers are the main way to do that and a player who’s now surplus to requirements at Derby is Ikechi Anya, a versatile player who would be a very good capture for Pompey. Anya, (who is valued at £1.3 million on Transfermarkt) has found game-time under Frank Lampard extremely hard to come by, which would be the reason behind a move away from Derby.
The 31-year-old at this stage of his career would have hoped to be settled with a club and helping them regularly but that hasn’t been the case this season. Pace and power, the Scotland international would thrill Fratton Park, bombing up and down the wings to lift backsides off seats.
With just four appearances this season, of which all were for the development side, Ikechi Anya has been cast aside and needs to move away to restart his career. Portsmouth are a team who would certainly be strengthened with the Scotsman’s arrival, seeing as he can play anywhere from left-midfield to left-back or even right-back.
Pompey must consider all the experience Ikechi Anya has and although he may be nearer the end of his career than the start, he could still make a brilliant signing and be a welcome addition at Fratton Park.
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