Pompey Confirm Double Adam Signing

Last updated : 24 June 2015 By Jim Bonner

Pompey have today confirmed the signings of Burton striker Adam McGurk and Coventry midfielder Adam Barton. They have both signed a two-year-deal and become Paul Cook's fifth and sixth additions to his squad.

The News revealed the McGurk transfer yesterday and although his goalscoring record isn't outstanding he should make for perfect foil for Matt Tubbs whether that be playing behind him in Cook's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation or alongside him in a 4-4-2.

The arrival of Barton is more of an eyebrow raiser as nobody saw the move coming until late this afternoon and it's uncertain where he will fit in the team.

A ball playing midfielder, Barton began his professional career at Preston North End having been released by Blackburn as a youth due to a back injury. His performances saw him linked to the likes of Wolves and Liverpool but in 2012 he sustained a triple-leg-break and was never the same player.

He signed for Coventry after that but failed to make too much of an impression and his contract expired this summer.

Sky Blues fans believe that he has the ability to be a good player if he can ever overcome his fear of tackling and could be a useful partner to a more combative midfielder in front of a back four.

That suggests that he would compliment James Dunne reall well in that respect although Michael Doyle is supposedly still in the frame to join Pompey.

Whether he does or not, the squad looks as if it has enough midfielders to cope with the long season ahead with a good mix of players that can play wide and in the centre whether as an attacking support or to do the dirty work at the other end of the field.

McGurk's addition to the squad means that Tubbs is no longer the only senior striker at the club although this could be the year that Conor Chaplin makes a name for himself if he can continue his progression.

However, Pompey are probably lacking a forward and could do with a player capable of holding the ball up or perhaps a target man to lump the ball to should things get desperate. Having said that, the long ball game isn't something the manager advocates and therefore he may feel that a striker with pace is more suited to his game.

If the striker situation is sorted then the only real problem in Pompey's squad numbers lies at the back - the full back positions in particular.

With Christan Burgess set to sign tomorrow and Cook revealing that he considers Adam Webster a centre back, the only other option available to play at right back is Johnny Ertl and that will fill a lot of Pompey fans' hearts with dread.

Not only that, but Enda Stevens is the only left back in the squad and so if he sustains an injury or gets suspended then Cook will have difficulty in reshuffling his team to fix that problem.

At least with Webster, Burgess, Robinson and (eventually) Whatmough available to him he will probably feel satisfied with the number of centre halves at the club. But who knows how he feels about the goalkeeper situation?

So currently, the squad probably only needs a couple of full backs and a striker to have a "complete" look to it although you can bet there will be more outgoings before the end of August. You would think Andy Barcham, Nigel Atangana and possibly Danny Hollands could be surplus to requirements by that time.

But hopefully the Adams can make their mark at their new club and make the Portsmouth promotion prospects a reality.