The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Con­nor McLough­lin

JA­MAL Lowe has been given the li­cence to thrill and keep scor­ing goals for high-fly­ing Portsmouth.

Man­ager Kenny Jack­ett has got all his at­tack­ing op­tions fir­ing so far this term, with more than 35 goals scored by the south coast­ers in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Lowe has been a con­stant threat for in-form Pom­pey, reg­is­ter­ing seven goals and four as­sists go­ing into this week­end.

Pom­pey boss Jack­ett be­lieves the 24-year-old winger works well with striker Oli Hawkins, with the duo form­ing a part­ner­ship key to the club’s at­tack­ing threat.

“For Ja­mal Lowe, af­ter a good sea­son last year, mak­ing sure that he can im­prove his goalscor­ing and his as­sists was im­por­tant,” Jack­ett said.

“We’re giv­ing him the free­dom to do that. He has quite a lot of free­dom to be able to get in­volved and the fi­nal third is ob­vi­ously a key area and one where he can have an ef­fect.

“For Ja­mal and a num­ber of other play­ers as well, the in­clu­sion of Oli Hawkins has helped bring play­ers in to the game at times.”

Lowe moved to Portsmouth dur­ing the 2016-17 sea­son hav­ing im­pressed in Na­tional League South for Hamp­ton & Rich­mond.

But he is only one of a wealth of goalscor­ing op­tions for Portsmouth, with a squad con­tain­ing recog­nised hit­man Brett Pit­man, who scored 25 in all com­pe­ti­tions last year, as well as Ro­nan Cur­tis and Gareth Evans.

Jack­ett is pleased with his side’s at­tack­ing game, and be­lieves tar­get man Hawkins, 26, pro­vides the right bal­ance.

“A striker would al­ways want to score goals and Oli is the sort of player who can give you a plat­form to play off,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one is look­ing for those for­wards, one way or an­other.”

GOALS: Ja­mal Lowe

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