The Portsmouth clamour to sign mercurial ex-Coventry and Wolves forward that's likely to re-emerge

Pompey’s automatic promotion aspirations were kept alive - but only just.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 1:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:37 pm

A year ago today, an 83rd-minute Brett Pitman winner ensured the Blues picked up a 2-1 victory over Coventry to remain two points outside the top two.

That victory didn’t come without a scare, though.

Kenny Jackett’s men were forced to contain a potent Sky Blues attack, delivering arguably the most menacing front-footed performance at Fratton Park since Luton’s visit on the opening day.

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At the fulcrum of Mark Robins' side’s impressive display was Bright Enobakhare.

The forward was Coventry’s linchpin in the No10 role, with his powerful forays persistently putting Pompey on the back foot.

A bursting run deep into Blues territory allowed him to assist Jordy Hiwula’s opener in the first half, while Luke Thomas should have put Coventry back in front when he was slipped in by a paragon of a through ball from the Nigerian.

After the final whistle, there was plenty of clamour about Enobakhare’s display from the Fratton faithful and how he’d be the ilk of player who'd improve the Blues whether they were in the Championship or League One the following season.

Bright Enobakhare caught the eye on loan at Coventry last season and is out of contract at Wolves at the end of this campaign. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Similar noises were made during the past two transfer windows – and there's every chance they’ll re-emerge at the end of this term.

Enobakhare loan spell at Coventry from Wolves ended with seven goals in 18 appearances.

He endeared himself to the Sky Blues faithful, who called for him to be snapped up permanently during the off-season. But they weren’t the only ones.

On social media, there were Pompey fans also coveting Enobakhare’s signature to bolster Jackett’s forward options.

Jordy Hiwula's goal was assisted by Bright Enobakhare in Pompey's 2-1 win over Coventry last season. Picture: Barry Zee

Instead, the 22-year-old would pen a new year-long deal at Wolves and join Wigan for the campaign.

A fair move as Enobakhare could hardly be begrudged to want to test himself in the Championship.

Yet his truncated spell at the DW Stadium proved disastrous. He made just three appearances – with none after August 20 - and returned to Molineux in January after ending his spell at the Latics training with their under-23s.

Nevertheless, his availability once more alerted sections of Blues supporters, believing he’d be the ideal candidate to boost this term’s Championship charge.

Again, it came to no fruition. Jackett was satisfied with the mid-term arrivals of Steve Seddon, Cameron McGeehan and Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, while Enobakhare remaining at Wolves despite being well out of the first-team fray.

Still, 12 months on from his rip-roaring performance at PO4, it'd be a surprise if there aren't similar pleas to snap him up this summer.

Enobakhare's Wolves deal expires at the season's end and looks highly unlikely to be extended.

Snapping up a mercurial talent on a free transfer would be regarded as a no-brainer to some.

The caveat, though, is something went wrong for him at Wigan.

Jackett was the man at the Molineux helm who gave Enobakhare his debut aged 17 – and there wouldn’t be anyone better placed to get to the bottom of it.