Sometimes a club makes a signing that on the surface looks like a good deal but somehow goes wrong, and for Portsmouth, that player is James Vaughan.
Signed on loan from Bury on deadline in the January transfer window, the 30-year-old striker was brought in to help with Pompey’s promotion push as Kenny Jackett looked to take his side to the Championship, but three months later, and Vaughan has proven to be one of the most useless signings this season.
The attacker has only made two starts for Kenny Jackett’s side, scoring no goals and only being brought on as a substitute eight times. Vaughan, who is valued at £450,000 on Transfermarkt, has been an immense flop for the south coast side, and Pompey making the loan a permanent move would be an awful bit of business for the club.
At nearly half-a-million, Vaughan would be too expensive a signing for the club to make with summer improvements a necessary this upcoming transfer window, and given how poor the striker has been this season, spending that much on a goalless striker would be an awful investment from Pompey.
As well as value and poor form, Vaughan is simply too old a signing for Portsmouth to be making. With the club taking an approach to younger and more off-the-beaten-path signings like Ronan Curtis, Pompey should continue scouting for younger players from leagues teams wouldn’t normally look at for talent.
Vaughan’s time at Portsmouth has been unremarkable at best, and Jackett signing him on a permanent deal will be nothing but stupid business from the club.
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