Why Portsmouth’s ex-Wigan and Wolves winger Michael Jacobs can take encouragement from former Norwich man’s maiden Fratton Park season
It was a fitting reward for the winger who fought back from an aborted Ipswich transfer and injuries to prove himself one of the Blues’ most creative figures.
However, question marks over fitness continue to hang over the ex-Wigan man.
Jacobs has started only 23 league games since his Latics switch in 2020 an such a chequered history with the treatment table could leave many asking why Danny Cowley handed him extended terms.
But the way the Fratton chief kept Louis Thompson fit throughout his maiden south-coast season should provide a blueprint on how he can consistently get the best from the ex-Wolves midfielder.
Similarly to Jacobs, the former-Norwich man arrived at the club harbouring a portfolio of injury issues.
Prolonged periods on the sidelined had hampered spells across the EFL for the man once paid handsomely by the Canaries.
Thanks to a combination of managed minutes during his opening appearances and a finely-tuned training schedule, the 27-year-old became a dependable and useful member of Pompey’s first-team in 2021-22.
Supporters should be buoyed by the example provided by the ex-MK Dons man that Cowley can keep injury-prone players in contention throughout the season.
And Jacobs may be feeling confident too as he seeks to provide the spark Pompey crave in 2022-23.