“I’ve Been Massively Impressed” – Portsmouth Boss Reviews New Signing’s Performances

Since joining Portsmouth late on in the January transfer window, Owen Moxon has seen his role in the squad gradually grow and he’s certainly impressing his new boss.

Moxon was one of the stars of the show in Portsmouth’s 2-2 draw with Derby County on Tuesday night, a result which took John Mousinho’s side a point closer to the title. Although he would start on the bench for the top of the table clash, the midfielder would have a huge impact when coming on in the 59th minute.

It would be his 77th minute strike which would get the league leaders back on terms and in turn secure them a point against the side who sit directly below them. It wasn’t a bad time to score his first goal for the club and it was quite a spectacular one at that.

With Portsmouth’s midfield areas currently diminished, the 26-year-old has seen an upturn in minutes in recent weeks. Prior to the clash with Derby on Tuesday night, Moxon had started each of their last three games and the club are still yet to lose since he joined on transfer deadline day.

The Cumbrian is really starting to justify his price tag after being signed from Carlisle United at the end of the window. Leaving his boyhood club for a move down to the south could’ve easily caused Moxon some problems but he is really beginning to excel at Fratton Park.

Pompey boss John Mousinho has been impressed with the midfielder and how he has settled in at the club. In an interview with The News, the manager stated:

“Whenever we sign players, the plan is to use them as much as they deserve to be used and obviously the injury to Tom Lowery opened the door for Owen (Moxon) to come in and have that impact.

“He has a huge amount of energy, is always brave in terms of the way he wants to go and get the ball, out of possession he closes down, wins tackles, wins headers. The amount of pressing he did against Peterborough was actually off the scale.

“Certain games suit him really well, it’s been pick and chose, making sure we manage that as best as possible. A lot of that is about protecting Owen.”

“Overall, I’ve been massively impressed with Owen’s contribution. Ever since he’s come in, he has been in good form, part of some of those big wins, and I’m really, really happy he’s had such a big impact.”

Writer’s View

Goals like the one that he scored on Tuesday night are the exact reason why Portsmouth signed Moxon from Carlisle in January. That goal would’ve no doubt given him plenty of confidence, and he may now begin to play more of a role further forward.

He was the standout player during Carlisle’s promotion season with six goals and 16 assists to his name in League Two last season. If able to reproduce those numbers for his new club, then Pompey will have a serious player on their hands.

Now that it looks like the midfielder has bedded into his new surroundings, better can be expected and he may well flourish in the final few games of the season. It’s a meteoric rise for the 26-year-old who as recently as 2022, was still playing football part-time alongside being a deliver driver. The direction that the club are going in may well see him play in the Championship next season.

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