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No doubt there’s going to be all sorts of players released this summer. But one that catches the eye immediately is Portsmouth’s decision to let Oli Hawkins go.
They paid £250k for him a couple of years ago and he’s always been a right handful whenever we’ve played them. He’s 6ft 5 and like Bayo knows how to use every inch of his size unlike some big players.
Good, big centre forwards aren’t easy to find.
Sounds like some Pompey fans got on his back for being a bit agricultural and not scoring enough goals (about 1 in 5) but plenty others appreciated the work he did to win headers and hold the ball up for others. I can’t imagine Wycombe fans being as picky. He’s not bad with his feet either and took one of the pens in the shoot-out with Oxford.
Given Bayo will start next season at 38 it’s probably time to start thinking about a bit of succession planning (although he’s far from finished in my book - two more years at least). Hawkins, who is 28, has a lot of very good attributes and looks like the sort of player who might fit very comfortably into the Wycombe style.
Interestingly he’s also played quite a few matches for Pompey as a makeshift centre-half - 16 in total. Quite a useful second string to have to your bow.