Date: 19th July 2017 at 2:37pm
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Having made it clear the arrival from Ipswich of (now captain) Brett Pitman meant a forward could leave Fratton Park, Michael Smith is seen as the odd one out in four for Pompey boss Kenny Jackett.

Well, in the view of the vast majority of you, the Vital Pompey membership anyway.

What the poll asked – (I think I know) But who will be the odd one out?

How you voted – Michael Smith 83%
Nicke Kabamba 8%
Conor Chaplin 5%
Curtis Main 2%
I actually think TWO will leave 2%

Pretty unanimous wasn’t it, 83% is a landslide. However, it isn’t surprising as many made their feelings towards Smith well known last season, which eventually resulted in the former Swindon forward leaving for Northampton on loan.

I still think Smith, more suited to a forward pairing than a lone role, was unfairly victimised and singled out as a ‘scapegoat’, which is something, very un-Pompey like in the past, to become more common in recent times at Fratton.

Yes, Smith didn’t have a great spell but he certainly didn’t deserve to be subjected to some of the abuse he got, no one does. But if a buyer can be found it’ll clearly be a case of so long Smith.

Curtis Main, another under pressure after a disappointing campaign, had been boosted by a decent pre-season and a chance to impress Jacket and probably gained a stay of execution – injury hasn’t afforded Smith that luxury.

Admittedly Main didn’t have too much of a chance to shine either.

However, as he needs Football League experience, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if Nicke Kabamba, who can hopefully have a successful future at Pompey, was allowed to leave Fratton on loan before returning to the Blues in the New Year, perhaps, more likely, should he go, next season?

Then again that would involve Jackett bringing in another forward if he lets two go…

Now, a simple two choice answer regarding the appointment of Pitman as the boss’ captain, was it right to give him the armband?

What the poll is asking – Would you have given Pitman the armband?

Options to vote – Yes


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