Finding a gem in this market is almost impossible, but Portsmouth have shown that it is still something clubs can do if you’re looking in the right place.
Ronan Curtis joined Pompey last summer as a relative unknown from Derry City, but nearly a year on from his signing and the Irish international has quickly established himself as one of the best players in League One and a testament to the concept that teams can find cheap gems in this day and age of the game.
11 goals and 12 assists in the league have seen the 23-year-old attacker gain a reputation as one of the best wingers in the division, but heading into the play-offs, form as of late for Curtis has been lacklustre.
No goals or assists since early-March has seen Curtis catch cold feet heading into the biggest game of Portsmouth’s season when the south coast side have to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Sunderland in order to book their ticket to Wembley for a second time this year, and the winger needs to return to his peak form as soon as possible.
Curtis has been a large reason as to why Portsmouth find themselves in this incredible position to return to the Championship, and for the winger to go dip in form at this stage of the season is the last thing Kenny Jackett wanted.
If Portsmouth want a chance to walk out onto Wembley again this season, Curtis has to step up and deliver, otherwise, it is another season of League One football for a team that know they can do better.
Portsmouth fans, will Curtis turn up in the second-leg? Let us know!
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