Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley is making a shrewd decision as it has been revealed that the club are not looking to sign QPR right-back Todd Kane this summer.
London Football News had reported that Portsmouth were one of the clubs trying to sign Kane from QPR. Sunderland and Charlton were also named in the report, with Kane set for an exit from the London-based club in the upcoming transfer window after losing his place in the starting XI earlier this year.
Hampshire Live have cleared up the situation by revealing that Kane is not a player Portsmouth have on their list at the moment.
Whilst Pompey are pursuing the market in search of potential additions to their squad for the 2021/22 campaign, Kane is not one of the players they are considering. It remains to be seen whether or not Charlton and Sunderland’s interest in the defender is genuine or not.
Kane’s performances in the Championship in the past three seasons have been dismal. In three campaigns for Hull and QPR, Kane highest average WhoScored rating was 6.52. In 2018/19, he averaged a score of 6.48 in 39 appearances for Hull, before dropping to a shocking 6.33 in 32 games for QPR.
His best score came in the season just gone, averaging a score of 6.52 in 28 games, which shows how low of a bar he has set himself since leaving Chelsea in 2019. QPR dropped Kane to deploy Osman Kaykay at right-back as they clearly felt he was not performing at a high enough level to start for them.
Pompey already have Callum Johnson in their squad going into next season. The 24-year-old started 37 of Portsmouth’s games at right-back in League One, recording a solid WhoScored rating of 6.76. Johnson has also been able to fill in at wing-back and centre-back, showing off his versatility to go along with his steady displays at right-back for Cowley’s side. 26-year-old James Bolton has also been able to provide back-up and competition to Johnson.
Therefore, Cowley is making a shrewd call by not pursuing Kane, who is on £7k-per-week at QPR. Kane’s statistics at QPR and Hull do not suggest that he is a good performer at Championship level and that is the division Pompey should be aiming to get to.
Portsmouth will need players who have the quality to shine in League One with the potential to play in a higher tier and Kane has already proven that he does not have the latter. At the age of 27, it is unlikely that he will be able to improve much further beyond his current level, so it is a good call by Portsmouth to avoid this move.
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