It is crunch time for Portsmouth in League One. Kenny Jackett’s side have to embark on a fine run of form if they are to finish in the top two or otherwise face the lottery of the play-offs.
A club that was once beating the likes of AC Milan in the Europa League had drifted all the way down to League Two by 2014 yet a resurgence in the past two years has lifted spirits amongst supporters who are now dreaming of a return to the Championship.
Financially, Pompey find themselves in much better shape nowadays compared to the constant uncertainty surrounding their future at the start of decade. Therefore, there is less of a need to sell their best players in order to balance the books on the scale which had been previously been seen at Fratton Park.
With things seemingly on the up, it is imperative that Kenny Jackett turns down the temptation of selling Jamal Lowe in the summer. The signing of the 24-year-old in 2016 from non-league side Hampton & Richmond Borough has proved to be a masterstroke for Portsmouth as he has developed into a superb talent during his time at the club.
Not only has he improved his output in each of his three seasons with the club but Lowe has also out-performed the likes of Brett Pittman and Gareth Evans in terms of scoring goals during this year’s campaign despite playing primarily as a winger.
A talented individual who still has room to grow and develop, it is clear that the former Barnet player could thrive further up England’s footballing pyramid and in the eyes of Pompey fans, they will hope that he will be doing just that for their side next season.
Lowe will want to fire Jackett’s side to promotion and therefore pay back the club who placed their faith in a player who was playing at a semi-professional level before being given the chance to express himself in the Football League.However, if interest does surface from elsewhere for the winger in the summer then Portsmouth will have to do all they can to prevent him from leaving.
The next nine league games therefore are not only crucial for Pompey’s future but should also have a major impact on whether Lowe will remain at Fratton Park next season.
What do you think Portsmouth fans? How important is keeping Lowe at the club for your future? Could be a good decision to cash in on the 24-year-old? Let us know below.