Ben Davies: Pompey new-boy has killer instinct

Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY’S new ‘natural goalscorer’ has been tipped to fire them into League One.

Marc McNulty has been backed to show the predatory instincts which saw him finish as Sheffield United’s top goalscorer last season.

He’s quick and he’s a natural goalscorer. If he gets chances he’ll score goals.

Ben Davies

And former Blades team-mate Ben Davies believes the Scottish hitman will soon be showing the attributes which will make him a hit with the Fratton faithful.

McNulty completed his loan move last week and made his first appearance off the bench against Macclesfield Town on Saturday.

The 23-year-old showed glimpses of the quality he possesses in a 24-minute outing in the FA Cup win.

Davies is confident there will be plenty to come from striker once he finds his match fitness.

And he revealed there were plenty of old team-mates at Bramall Lanes who were surprised McNulty was allowed to leave their club.

Davies said: ‘We saw in that cameo from him on Saturday what he can do.

‘He’s sharp and scores goals.

‘He’s maybe lacking a little bit of match fitness.

‘Once he gets up and running he will soon be scoring goals for us.

‘He’s quick and he’s a natural goalscorer. If he gets chances he’ll score goals.

‘I’ll be looking forward to seeing how he does.

‘I’m sure the fans will take to him because he works hard and scores goals. He’s a proper number nine.

‘He got 13 goals last season and didn’t start many games, really.

‘I’ve had two or three lads from Sheffield United text me and say they were surprised they let him go.

‘They have obviously got funds there and he’s become the fifth or sixth striker.

‘It will be good for him to come down here – and he’ll score goals for us, I’ve got no doubt about that.

‘We’ve got some good strikers now.

‘Every single one of them you could say now should be starting in this league or the league above.

‘So when they get the chance they’ve got to take it.’

Cook’s lengthy pursuit of McNulty paid off when he agreed an initial deal until January, which is then expected to be extended to the end of the campaign.

That desire to land the Scottish striker made an impact on him.

Davies and skipper Michael Doyle also both played their part in convincing the former Livingston man to join their club.

Davies said: ‘Me and Doyley have been on the phone to him for a while now trying to get him down here.

‘It was up to Sheffield United to let him go first.

‘But it’s finally got done and he’s here now, so we are looking forward to him doing well.

‘We’ve been trying to get him for a while now.

‘They’ve blocked it a couple of times but it has thankfully gone through.’