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Portsmouth FC: Teddy Sheringham makes John Mousinho claim amid transfer window

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Former Portsmouth frontman Teddy Sheringham believes that Portsmouth are in good hands under the tutelage of John Mousinho, who will be vital to the club’s success in this summer’s transfer window.

Pompey are navigating through the window as a Championship club for the first time in 12 years, having ended a frustrating hiatus in the third and fourth tiers of English football by romping to the League One title in style last term.

The south coast club attained 97 points and lost just five games all season en-route to their title triumph, and generally feel better-placed to show their worth in the Championship than the other two promoted clubs in the form of Derby County and Oxford United.

League One 2023/24 standings
Position Team P GD Pts
1 Portsmouth (C) 46 +37 97
2 Derby County (P) 46 +41 92
3 Bolton Wanderers 46 +35 87
4 Peterborough United 46 +28 84
5 Oxford United (P) 46 +23 77
6 Barnsley 46 +18 76

There is a school of thought that Portsmouth could emulate the success of Ipswich Town, or at least Sunderland in 2022/23, by instantly upsetting the odds and challenging in the Championship’s higher echelons fresh off the back of achieving promotion from the league below, and while it’s important to not place too much expectation and pressure on Mousinho’s side, the excitement is understandable and they’re heading into the campaign in good health.

As such, the transfer window is of significant importance to Pompey and Sheringham, who scored 10 goals from 38 appearances for the side at the age of 38 in 2003/04, believes that Mousinho is the key to their success when it comes to incomings.

Teddy Sheringham’s verdict on John Mousinho/Portsmouth

Speaking exclusively to Football League World, via Crypto Sports betting, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur talisman explained: “Bringing in top players and players who will improve your team is always key, Portsmouth are doing this.

Former Tottenham player Teddy Sheringham during the ceremony after the game

Mousinho has been faced with both opportunity and challenge in successfully striking the all-too-fine balance between dismantling a united squad that collectively secured a long-awaited promotion, and bringing in the necessary improvements to contend with the increased demands that come with the Championship.

John Mousinho title

Recruiting know-how of the division was always going to be a natural call of duty and Mousinho has already addressed that by bringing in Josh Murphy under the noses of various second-tier suitors.

Murphy, who scored both goals as Oxford booked their Championship return in last season’s League One play-off final at the expense of Bolton Wanderers, refused to renew his contract as it approached expiration and Mousinho promptly swooped in for his ex-U’s teammate. Importantly, the tricky left-sided winger possesses vital experience of the division through previous seasons with both Norwich and Cardiff City, having also impressed in the Premier League with the Bluebirds.

 

Murphy will face competition from Middlesbrough loanee Sammy Silvera, who recently penned a year-long loan deal at Fratton Park after making 37 Championship appearances for Michael Carrick’s side last time out. They’re both accompanied by Jordan Williams and Jordan Archer in arriving at the club in recent weeks.

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