With Kenny Jackett confirming to Portsmouth News that Brett Pitman will remain captain of the club for next season, it was presumably meant to be a positive news story that got the fan base fired up for August, but it’s become a bit more complicated than that.
As well as saying Pitman will remain the Pompey skipper for the 2019/20 League One season, Jackett also admitted that the striker will find it difficult to break into the first-team, with the Portsmouth boss saying: “I do think now for Brett, though, he is in the last year of his contract and will want to really work hard to do well this season.
“For him, it is a challenge to get into the side, as it is with every player. It’s a challenge he can rise to. He might not necessarily be someone who plays 62 games, but I am still expecting a big contribution from him this year. I want that to be the case, I don’t want it to be easy for anyone to get into the team.”
Although the 31-year-old was in-and-out of the Portsmouth side last season, Pitman managed to establish himself as one of the more important players in the squad as Pompey missed out on promotion to the Championship via the play-off semi-finals against Sunderland.
Pitman started just 16 league games last season, coming on as a sub in another 16 and but still scored 11 goals for Pompey in the league, as well as notching up five assists via stats from Transfermarkt.
The veteran attacker is a clear fan favourite (Ben Fisher of the Guardian wrote about his impact back in October) at Fratton Park, but Jackett’s latest comments should be a cause for concern for the Portsmouth faithful.
Portsmouth fans, how important will Pitman be next season? Let us know!