If rumours are to be believed, the day we failed to sign Simeon Akinola from Barnet, we were also snubbed by Ollie Hawkins.
He was a classic example of that player wanting to test himself as high as he could. Danny wanted another focal point to our attack, he was to be last year’s ‘John Akinde’ figure. It’s thought he was at the club on the Thursday, open that there might be a deal from League One in the offing.
That deal emerged the next day and the Dagenham man went to Portsmouth.
It went well there at first, but in recent weeks he’s taken a few blows. He replaced Brett Pitman at the start of the season, but in the transfer window Pompey signed Omar Bogle and James Vaughan, with manager Kenny Jackett claiming he needed more mobility than Hawkins had offered. he didn’t say as much, he actually said something like ‘no disrespect to the players who have been up front, but I need more in that area’.
When a sentence starts ‘no disrespect’, what usually follows is something that can almost always be taken disrespectfully.
Could Hawkins be available in the summer? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility.