pitman joins pompey
Written By Ollie Allen
Ipswich Town have confirmed that out-of-favour striker Brett Pitman has joined League 1 side Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.
Unsurprisingly, the Jersey international has opted to move to the south coast after receiving limited game time last season with the recent arrival of Joe Garner potentially cementing McCarthy’s decision to sell the 29 year old. Even though Pitman only managed to bag 4 goals in limited appearances last season, the forward managed to provide the fans with one of the moments of the season has he scored a memorable overhead kick against Bristol City in a 2-1 victory at Portman Road.
Talking to @Neil_Weld, Pitman stated that him and McCarthy decided that it was ‘the right time for him to move on’ and that he ‘cannot wait to get started’. Brett also showed his ambition to help Pompey achieve a back-to-back promotion saying that ‘I don’t see this as a drop down – I see it as an opportunity to push on and hopefully get promoted again.’ The Jersey born forward also believes that ‘This is too big a club for League Two and arguably it’s too big for League One, so our collective aim has to be to go up to the next level.’, potentially meaning that we could be seeing him again at Portman Road in two seasons time.
Portsmouth fans seemed delighted at the announcement with many happy Pompey supporters showing their excitement for the signing, @AaronGeoffrey4 tweeted ‘what a signing, buzzing for the new season!’. Town and Bournemouth fans also wished the striker good luck and there was a general positive vibe coming from the Portsmouth twitter account.
For both teams, I believe that this is a fantastic bit of business as Brett became more of a squad player and the signing of Joe Garner pushed back his place in the pecking order of the club’s strikers. With the prospect of another striker signing, it seemed imminent that either Pitman or Sears was leaving but tactically Freddie is the only pacey forward we have currently so it seemed logical that Pitman was going to be leaving.
Portsmouth on the other hand has purchased a great finisher who is brilliantly suited to the playstyle that Kenny Jackett prefers. Pitman will also be an excellent role model for Pompey’s young striker Conor Chaplin as the promising 20 year old will be able to improve his game by observing Pitman’s deadly finishing ability and his impressive conversion rate could mean that Chaplin and Pitman could prove to be one of the deadliest strike forces in League 1 next season.
Town’s sale of Pitman surely means that a new striker should be due to arrive, with suspicions rising that ex-Town player Darren Bent could be on his way back to Ipswich.