Portsmouth have made a very good deal signing Caolan Lavery on loan.
The League Two promotion contenders have spotted something that I think maybe Sheffield Wednesday are overlooking.
When we couldn’t buy a goal last season, we shipped the 22-year-old striker off to Chesterfield.
The Northern Ireland U-21 player scored three times in eight games whilst on loan in Derbyshire.
This is the reason Paul Cook has lured him to Hampshire. He understands what Lavery can do.
Cook couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Lavery’s link up play, his movement and his ability to penetrate defences.
This season we may be more potent in front of goal but we are by no means prolific. A hungry, young, capable striker playing alongside wingers and midfielders who can create opportunities, where is the harm in giving him a chance in our first team?
Lavery does have more competition this season. Forestieri, Lucas Joao, Sougou, Nuhiu are all ahead of Lavery.
Bus is also trying to gain his place in the side but for me Lavery does provide more movement upfront if not the holding ability of Nuhiu.
He does need game time. He’s only played twice for us this season but League 2 seems quite a drop in my opinion.
He’s more than capable of being a Championship striker and he doesn’t appear to need a confidence boost.
He’s determined and has been quoted in the Portsmouth press saying, “I’ll make my name with Pompey.”
I really hope he does make a name for himself on the south coast but then comes back to us still the confident and ambitious player he clearly is.