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Pennant signs - on loan

Pennant signs - on loan

Pompey have just announced the signing of Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant on loan unil the summer.

The deal will allow Pennant to remain a free agent when his Liverpool contract expires in June. It will also allow boss Tony Adams to assess Pennant for the quality he is looking for, effort, in the winger that he played with at Arsenal.

Pennant played 81 games for Liverpool scoring just three goals since signing from Birmingham City in 2006 for £6.7 million. He takes the loan slot vacated by Ben Sahar's return to Chelsea

Pennant has of course more recently been responsible for laying on the service for top scorer Peter Crouch when they were both at Anfield. Manager Adams remembered watching the two play in harness at Fulham last season.

Pennant told the Pompey official site "Tony`s given me the opportunity to come here and hopefully play regular first-team football. I played with him at Arsenal, so I know what he`s like. He was desperate for me to come which is very encouraging to hear. I want to repay some of that confidence by coming here and doing the best that I can.

It`s been frustrating this season but the Liverpool manager decided he didn`t want to play me for whatever reason. But now I want to help Pompey climb the table. My strengths are my crossing and getting past players and that`s what I`m looking to do here. There are a good bunch of players here in every position. Hopefully I can help them get some good results.

Of Peter Crouch he said: "It`ll be like the good old days at Liverpool! I know his strengths and hopefully I can deliver some good balls for him to get some goals. If I get the balls in the box then I know that Peter`s there to put them away."

Pennant will be available for the FA Cup fourth round tie with Swansea City on Saturday.

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Writer:eastneydave
Date:Tuesday January 20 2009
Time: 6:52PM

Comments

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Yep he has signed - Will wear the No14 shirt and take the spare locker with his name on it as well (as somebody - Tracyc I think predicted). It's a funny signing in as much that he'll supply crosses for Crouch but it's not as if we have as tall runners into the box so a lot of crosses could potentially go astray .. but no doubt we wil see - Gotta feel a big gutted for David Nugent .. having cracked on in on Saturday he sees he place immediately under threat .. Unless Adams is gonna convert to a 442 which I very much doubt. Not a superstaer signing by any stretch of the imagination but full of premiership experience and has played with Crouch.. Marks out of 10 for Tony.... SEVEN !
Chix
20/01/2009 19:08:00
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Good move for all concerned
UKTony
20/01/2009 19:08:00
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I'm not a big fan. However, He knows Liverpool aren't going to offer him a new contract, and clearly none of the other big clubs want him or he would have gone there instead. So essentially, he only has a few months to prove himself or he's struggling to find a club. So although plenty of us have concerns about him fighting for us, he's got to turn in some impressive performances for himself anyway.
PhilTaglia
20/01/2009 19:24:00
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Odd deal, loan until he's out of contract? Why don't liverpool jus flog him? xD it's not as if they can receive a fee at the end of the loan? Good signing for you though.
toffeetower
20/01/2009 19:26:00
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This sends out a great message that Big Tone can indeed bring quality players to the club, first of a few I hope. Hope Nuge doesn't miss out too much though. Look forward to seeing JP play on Saturday.
tracyc
20/01/2009 19:33:00
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well happy!!! he putting himself in the shop window, so should perform! Belhaj & Traore on the left, Johnson & Pennant on the right...is it me, or is that *****in awsome!!!!!
CharlieChimes
20/01/2009 19:34:00
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7 chix a bit harsh i reakon, think about it he was a quality player at Birmingham and just hasn't had the chances at anfield if he can show us the quality we know he has then i think it'll be a terrific sighning, ok hes not top quality but as good as were gonna get i think. but yea its a shame for Nuge speically if we do some how get saviola lol, but i hope he does still get to play regularly i want him too come good so much, if for nothing else than to rub it in jamie's dads face =D
pompeym@
20/01/2009 19:38:00
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be quite interesting to see how he does after the disappointment of Liverpool
The Fear
20/01/2009 19:49:00
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Well we expected to sign one jailbird, so after a no go on barton we have, at last and on loan Mr Pennant. Fingers crossed he puts a few good ones in for Crouchie.
storagematt
20/01/2009 20:11:00
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he should be a good signing. i'm a little gutted for nugent... but I'm sure he will find another way in! as for why liverpool are letting him go - he isn't part of there plans, but he was refusing to go now, as he wants the advantages you get whn you leave on a free.
pompeycarpet
20/01/2009 20:16:00
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