Kenny Jackett’s comments ahead of Portsmouth’s EFL Trophy match against Norwich City U21s, which were reported on the club’s official channels, could give a ray of hope for Brett Pitman.
He referenced his winner against Crawley Town in Pompey’s opening game of the tournament, claiming he can now concentrate on his performances.
What will give Pitman the most hope of getting back in the side, though, is Jackett’s desire in general for him to play a “big part” in their season.
Pitman has played just 59 minutes of League One football across three games for Portsmouth this season, as per Transfermarkt, with his appearance against Coventry City affording him just one solitary minute on the pitch.
He also played 12 minutes at the end of Pompey’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Birmingham City in the Carabao Cup, before coming on at half time against Crawley Town and scoring the game’s only goal, as per SofaScore.
As if the lack of game time wasn’t enough, Pitman has also been stripped of the club captaincy, as reported by The News Portsmouth.
This comes after a season in which Pitman played 42 games across all competitions, scoring 13 goals and assisting five.
Pitman doesn’t deserve to be watching on from the sideline, so hopefully, the comments from Jackett indicate that he will be getting onto the pitch with greater regularity from now on.
The 31-year-old can still be an asset for Portsmouth if he is utilised properly again.
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