‘Gregarious’ Marc McNulty will find the net if given service

Marc McNulty Picture: Martyn Harrison Blades Sports Photography
Marc McNulty Picture: Martyn Harrison Blades Sports Photography
Conor Chaplin celebrates his goal at Wigan. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey have got themselves a really lively little player and a lively lad as well.

Marc McNulty will fit very well into the dressing room.

Obviously, he will know Michael Doyle and Ben Davies anyway but he is quite a gregarious character – even though he is a young player.

I mean that in a good way.

On the pitch, he is still developing but he was Sheffield United’s leading goalscorer last season without ever really getting what you would consider a consistent run in the team.

That goes to show the talent he has got.

He is a finisher.

You give him a chance and nine times of 10 Marc will finish it.

He is not just a six-yard-box poacher, though give him any service and he is very good at finishing any half-decent chance that comes his way.

Last season he really added to his all-round game – the link-up play became better.

He was played up front on his own an awful lot.

Daft as it sounds, he perhaps didn’t enjoy it at the time, but I think it really benefited him.

Nigel Clough was very demanding of him but, to be fair, that was always because he had a lot of belief in him.

Privately, he would say I have got a lot of belief in this kid and I just want to drive him and I think he can do better.

A lot of people took that as a criticism of Marc but it wasn’t – it was a back-handed compliment.

Finishing-wise he is excellent, more than good enough for League One and certainly good enough for League Two.

His all-round game, which is probably the one thing he has still got to look to develop, is a whole lot better than when he first came.

And he can play that lone-striker’s role.

Nigel (Adkins – current Sheffield United boss) has said he is not for sale and it is not a case of looking to move him on permanently.

Marc has just fallen down the pecking order in a huge squad with Billy Sharp and Che Adams first choice – it’s a move that suits all parties.