Wilson’s Wisdom: Predicting the Pompey future

Pompey skipper Michael Doyle   Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey skipper Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler
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Predictions are always rather perilous when it comes to the goings on at Fratton Park.

Most people attempting to guess the outcomes of the previous two seasons before a ball was kicked would probably look rather clueless.

Some of my more outspoken regular critics will suggest that is in keeping with what is normally on offer on this page.

However, much as this is bound to be thrown back at me over the coming months, I thought I’d dig out a crystal ball for the 2015-16 season.

Basically, I already know I’m setting myself up for a fall so I’m expecting the usual torrent of vitriol.

While there will be critics – there always are, it seems these days – feel free to send in your own predictions either on Twitter or email.

Alternatively, you can post them in the comments section when the column goes online.

Mind you, you’ll just have to scroll past the ones questioning my editor’s judgement in offering me continued employment.

So without further ado, here are the results of the 2015-16 season...as of August 8, 2015.

n Pompey’s finishing position in League Two: Second

I can’t quite bring myself to tip Pompey as League Two champions this season but I’ve got a positive feeling about the season ahead.

(Yes, I know we all said the same thing last season – and the one before that).

Paul Cook knows the division, he has got promoted from this level and he knows what is required.

Players from a higher level have been recruited and plenty of them have succeeded in League Two.

I think it could take a little while to get into their stride, but I think Pompey could start looking the part after Christmas and climbing up the table to eventually secure automatic promotion.

I think Luton Town have brought in some excellent players and might just have a bit too much for everyone else this season. They are my tip to be champions.

They also have a better starting point after a decent season last time and have added to that, rather than starting from scratch.

I’d gladly take a play-off place, but I think with a bit of momentum, Pompey can exceed that target. We’ll see, I guess.

n Pompey’s player of the season: Michael Doyle

Being the most important player over the course of a season is always a bit subjective.

Look at the 2002-03 promotion season for example. We had Paul Merson, Svetoslav Todorov, Arjan De Zeeuw, Matt Taylor and many others all enjoying fabulous campaigns – then Linvoy Primus (who was also brilliant) won the player of the year award.

Anyway, I’m going for Doyle as the main man this season.

He’s a gritty, courageous midfielder who can play a bit and he’s already been likened to a modern-day Mick Kennedy – a man who has gone down in Fratton folklore.

Doyle also looks like he has natural leadership qualities and is ready for a rumble whenever there is one to be had.

So there you have it.

Feel free to join the debate.