A major update has emerged on Portsmouth striker Ellis Harrison, and it could lead to Danny Cowley ruthlessly axing him from the squad.
According to BBC South journalist Andrew Moon, League One duo Fleetwood and Oxford are showing an interest in the Pompey centre-forward. Both clubs are keen on a deal for the striker, who still has a year left to run on his current contract with Portsmouth.
Back in 2017, Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke admitted that he had to remove Harrison from penalty duties after two misses for the club.
He was unable to convert from the spot and forced his manager to remove him from being in the running to take them in the future as Currie told the Bristol Post: “You’ve got to stick your penalties away. That’s the last two I think he’s [Harrison] missed now, so he’ll have to come off pens and we’ll have a look at it.”
Time is up for Harrison at Portsmouth, and Cowley must now ruthlessly axe him this summer. He has not been good enough at League One level for Pompey and the manager must sanction the 27-year-old’s exit whilst there are clubs interested in his services.
Portsmouth should ship him off to Fleetwood or Oxford and then look to replace him with an upgrade in the transfer market, if the interest from their League One rivals is genuine and they are willing to offer a decent fee for the centre-forward.
Harrison’s goalscoring record at League One level is poor. Since the start of last season, he has scored just nine goals in 55 appearances – less than a one-in-five goals-to-game ratio. He has also provided a mere two assists in that time and recorded a distinctly average WhoScored rating of 6.68 in League One for the 2020/21 campaign for Portsmouth.
This suggests that Harrison has struggled since his move to Fratton Park and therefore it could be time for Cowley to axe him and bring in another striker this summer.
The £4,300-per-week dud is also at somewhat of a crossroads regarding his contract situation. He has one year left on his deal and must decide to either leave the club or commit his future to Fratton Park. From Portsmouth’s point of view, they should avoid pinning him down to an extension and instead sell him to another club in the coming weeks and months.
If they fail to secure an exit for the Welshman ahead of next season, they could miss out on the chance to recoup a transfer fee for the 27-year-old as he would leave on a free transfer in 2022. Now is the time for Portsmouth to cut him loose.