An article from member Pompey Malta. He looks at Matt Tubbs; a goalscoring striker that he feels is well worth a gamble.
Every transfer that happens in football is in a way a gamble. In recent history of Portsmouth Football Club, we have seen many gambles taken, and many have proved to be flops: Theo Gekas, David Nugent, John Utaka, Milan Baros and the list goes on and on.
In this delicate time, Portsmouth’s manager Steve Cotterill has to take risks when it comes to transfers.
A 100% gamble, would be Matt Tubbs. This player’s name has surfaced some time or another and if not mistaken, was also linked with Pompey. Tubbs, 26, plays for Crawley Town and featured in the well-known 5th round FA Cup tie against Manchester United and almost scored with an overhead kick. Although Tubbs has played the majority of his career in the Conference National League (Crawley have just been promoted), there is no doubt that he has the scoring instinct, our strikers have been lacking.
In the season 2009/10, playing for Salisbury City he scored 26 goals in 42 appearances. Last season, in 41 appearances, he scored 37. Awesome goal-scoring record, isn’t it? That makes it to just over 90% chance of scoring when he takes the field!
Crawley Town bought Tubbs in July 2010 for a record-fee believed to be of around £70,000. If CSI can come up with the funds (£85,000, maybe?) to lure the goal maniac away from Crawley, we’d have a decent striker who at least scores goals.
Just to answer your question before you ask it, we’d never know if Tubbs could cut it out at this level unless a Championship team gives him this opportunity. We have seen too many flops at Fratton Park, so it’s either a matter of adding another one to the list, or signing an unknown player who would give us goals in return!
Written by Pompey Malta.
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