VERDICT: Does ex-Bournemouth, Hull and QPR man fit the bill as the midfielder Portsmouth need?

Marc Pugh fails to tick the boxes for what Pompey require in a new midfielder.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 6:30 am

That’s the view of Blues writer Will Rooney in the latest edition of Pompey Talk, which you can download HERE.

Pompey remain in the market for a midfielder this January after being linked with a move for left-back Charlie Daniels, who is leaving Shrewsbury.

His departure was confirmed on Tuesday night along with former Bournemouth team-mate Pugh.

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When asked if the 33-year-old could fit the bill as the type of signing Kenny Jackett could move for, Rooney had his reservations.

He said: ‘On Marc Pugh, I don’t know if he’s done that well at Shrewsbury. I don’t know if he’s done as well as Daniels.

‘He was obviously at QPR last season but went before the season resumed, because of a contract situation where if he played one more game he would have extended his deal by a year.

Marc Pugh, right, in QPR colours last season. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

‘But I don’t think he’s done that well at Shrewsbury.

‘Don’t get me wrong, he’s got a reputation and he’s got experience, which again Jackett might want.

‘He got one goal in 10 games at Shrewsbury. I know he joined late in the window but he hasn’t been a regular there.

‘He’d be a fair bit in wages, so maybe you’d want someone a bit cheaper or maybe someone who’s perhaps on the up who you could mould into a player.

‘Someone with a bit of versatility who could play right across the front line, I’d say.’

Pompey assistant manager, Joe Gallen, has stated the Blues are hopeful of having a new left-back in the building by this weekend to strengthen their options.

That would leave one final berth available under the salary cap and squad restrictions voted in by clubs last summer.

Rooney believes Jackett will look to fill that space and a driving midfielder or front man would fit the bill to do so.

He added: ‘If they do have one berth free, I don’t see Jackett leaving it unless it’s for budget reasons. It just seems pointless.

‘If they do have a space free maybe a centre midfielder or attacker would be the way to go.’

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