Pompey fans debate Hawkins’ best position

Oli Hawkins was on defensive duties against Blackpool on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Oli Hawkins was on defensive duties against Blackpool on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
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Oli Hawkins’ best position for Pompey has been thrown into question.

Blues assistant manager Joe Gallen admitted he’s not sure where the 25-year-old’s best position lies.

That’s after the former Dagenham & Redbridge striker lined up again in the centre of defence in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Blackpool.

The 25-year-old has now started his past two Blues outings as part of Kenny Jackett’s back line.

As a result, Pompey fans have taken to our Facebook page Portsmouth FC – The News and portsmouth.co.uk to debate where Hawkins is best utilised.Here’s what they had to say...

As a striker he is bang average, but as a centre-back he could have a real future.

John Ellerton

I would convert him and play him instead of Burgess.

Louis Stephenson

Leave it as is. Use him when and where to suit.

I would hate to lose his services as a striker, he has the height that frightens defences.

Even if he doesn’t score, we need some real height in the box, and if you cannot get a replacement tall striker, it’s Status Quo for me.

Headlea Leate

On the balance of his appearances, I have to say that Oli probably does look a better centre-back than a forward!

WIth Jack Whatmough out, it does give us the option of playing with a back three if we want to switch formations.

If the combination of Pitman and Bennett/Naismith works well he could also be a super-sub and being either a striker or a centre-back will allow Kenny Jackett to have more options on the bench?

My big worry, though, is that he’s being touted as a centre-back as we may loose Clarke in January!

Paul Mellon

There’s no debate to be had! He signed as a striker.

Decent defensive cover, yes, but this is just the start of the ‘Hawkins can replace Clarke in January’ talk.

You don’t sign up for an Audi and drive off in a BMW.

He adds something extra in attack. Let him play where he wants to play!

Luke Hurren

I agree, he is ok cover but he’s a forward.

Richard Sims

He must only be used as a centre back in a dire emergency

Michael Stephenson