Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe would be a brilliant addition to our attacking line, but Preston should act fast for the in-demand 24-year-old.
Lowe recently expressed a desire to leave Portsmouth and with interest from a host of Championship clubs, Lowe is a name that should be on Alex Neil’s shopping list.
While Millwall have already made a bid for the winger, Lowe will be keeping his options open and with Alex Neil given certain assurances, he could have the power to scupper the Lions’ chances of signing Lowe.
Last season, Lowe was prolific, scoring 15 goals and making 8 assists in 45 appearances.
If Robinson was to leave, we would desperately miss his goal scoring knack and this is why Lowe would be the perfect replacement.
While Portsmouth have valued their crown jewel at £3 million, if Preston do cash in on Robinson for what is likely to be over £10 million, Jamal Lowe would be a smart investment.
Even though the likes of Leeds and West Brom are apparently interested too, Preston would be able to guarantee Lowe plenty of game time and therefore the chance to continue showcasing his talent.
Positionally, Lowe featured predominantly on the right wing for Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth, but he is a versatile attacker with the ability to fit anywhere in the final third: he has even appeared in the CF role for Pompey, although not for prolonged periods.
In terms of a comparison to other attackers in League One, Lowe ranked highly last season, and this is neatly displayed in the below visual produced by @rramesss:
I hadn't gotten around to this so here it is, Jamal Lowe of Portsmouth, linked to a host of Championship clubs seeing as Pompey didn't go up. Primarily a direct, wide-attacker who also loves to get into goalscoring positions in the area. pic.twitter.com/H0UNv0cOV0— Ram Srinivas (@rramesss) June 10, 2019
Lowe loves to be direct and had, on average, 3.67 touches in the box per 90 minutes last season. He also had an above average dribble success rate and made 99 progressive runs across the season.
The tricky winger is a superb ball-carrying wide man who often makes his way into the box and this is why he was involved in a large amount of goal build-up play.
Clearly, Lowe is a more than accomplished attacker, but how does he stack up in terms of creativity?
Well, he wasn’t the most accurate passer, but he was comfortably above average in terms of deep completions (a completed forward pass collected 25 yards from goal). This shows he has much more success closer to goal with smart passes and through balls/passes into the penalty area.
Defensively, Lowe, to our surprise, ranks highly in comparison to similar forwards, winning close to 40% of his duels per 90 minutes. He’s also a determined player, making 4.34 recoveries per game, with almost 60% of these coming in the opponent’s half.
Lowe isn’t afraid to get stuck in, and this is something that Alex Neil cannot overlook. While the flicks and tricks Lowe can offer are nice, the fact that he is so active throughout the 90 minutes will be something that should really appeal to Preston.
With the uncertainty surrounding Robinson and the lack of real competition on the wings, we need to act fast or risk losing out.
£3 million is a hefty fee, but if Millwall are in the mix, we are going to have to start competing financially, or risk missing out on promotion once again in a tough division.