Portsmouth team news: Michael Jacobs, Kieron Freeman, Tyler Walker, George Hirst, formation, squad depth - the key talking points from starting XI to face Oxford

Pompey fans on social media have been having their say on Danny Cowley’s latest starting XI.

By Mark McMahon
Saturday, 5th February 2022, 2:33 pm

Out of Mahlon Romeo (injured), Clark Robertson, Shaun Williams (injured) Marcus Harness and Tyler Walker – and in come Kieran Freeman, Conor Ogilvie, Louis Thompson, Michael Jacobs and Ronan Curtis.

Jacobs’ long-over due start has been given the thumbs up but there’s plenty of other selections and issues that have already had Pompey fans talking on social media.

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Here’s a selection of the topics being discussed...

@CowleysCows: Interesting to see how Freeman plays in his natural position.

Great to see Jacobs get a start & Ogilvie back in.

Don't think there can be too many complaints about the selection.

Marcus Harness, left, and Clark Robertson are both on the bench for today's game at Oxford United.

@AlexMain84: Hirst starting over Walker?

@dazza_nics: I don’t know why.. but I don’t mind that selection! Cue getting spanked 3-0!

@LewPeet: Freeman actually has a decent final ball so I hope we see that today.

Danny does make some odd decisions going forward, dropping Walker and Harness?

@reece_w99: Another injury nice! Good thing we signed plenty of cover in the January transfer window and don't have the smallest squad in the league!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@MichaelConnor27: That might be the worst strike force I'll ever see.

@Martyrobbz: 5 changes but still Hirst up front.

@Dylanmc2007: Glad to see Jacobs starting.

But this line-up doesn't give me much confidence, one striker when we can't even score.

Don't think Danny knows his strongest team or strongest tactic.

@omridge: Tyler Walker already dropped. Great signing Pompey boardroom.

@Steven04649458: On paper that’s not a bad starting 11 & bench - just worried about injuries & lack of depth to the squad