Ben Davies believes Pompey will make the most of Sheffield United’s mistake in letting Marc McNulty leave.
The on-loan Blades striker netted a fine hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of York in midweek and will be attempting to continue in similar style against Wycombe tomorrow.
Davies, who scored his first goal for Pompey in the same game, played alongside the Scot at Bramall Lane and knows his qualities.
And while he remains puzzled as to why United allowed him to go out on loan, the full-back is convinced McNulty will become a prolific goalscorer for the Blues.
Davies said: ‘I worked with Marc at Sheffield United and I have seen what he can do day in, day out.
‘I honestly don’t know why they would have let him come here.
I honestly don’t know why they would have let him come hereBen Davies
‘But that is to our benefit now and we’re delighted we’ve got him.
‘He is probably one of the best finishers I have seen.
‘Myself and Michael Doyle have worked with him and we know what he can do.
‘What we saw against York is what he is all about. It was typical McNulty.
‘He is always on the last man and his movement is brilliant.
‘His finishing is probably above this level of football.
‘I think a few people were surprised they let him out – I know me and Doyley were.
‘When the gaffer told us he was trying to get him in, we couldn’t speak highly enough of him.
‘We told him to get him if he got the chance.
‘It’s a massive plus to have him. You can see that his finishing is so cool.
‘I’m sure he will take off for us.’
McNulty’s partnership with Caolan Lavery showed real promise in the midweek win but Davies believes it all comes down to the service provided for the duo.
‘We just need to put the ball in the box and give them some quality service,’ said Davies.
‘Lavery worked so hard and Sparks (McNulty) got the hat-trick. But I thought they were brilliant up front for us.
‘Now it’s down to us to give them the chances because they will definitely take them.
‘We’ve got a lot of strikers and attacking players at the club, with Conor Chaplin and Matt Tubbs and Jayden Stockley when they are fit again.
‘They might get the stick when we are not scoring but it’s a team game and if we’re not putting good balls in the box, then we all should get it.’
Davies also admits that the prospect of another big away following at Wycombe is extra motivation for Pompey to chalk up a sixth away win of the campaign.
He said: ‘The gaffer has told us there are a couple of thousand of our fans going so it would be lovely to get a win for them.
‘We were disappointed we didn’t get the win at Carlisle.
‘But the anger and the hunger came out against York.
‘Now we’ve got to make sure we carry that on.’