UK time is: 11:01:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.

PUP

Join the Vital Pompey Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 20 2009

Time: 6:52PM

Your Comments

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
Good move for all concerned
UKTony
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
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
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
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
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@
be quite interesting to see how he does after the disappointment of Liverpool
The Fear
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
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
Seems to solve our Utaka problem until the end of the season. I'm getting more and more confident in Tony's ability as a Premier League manager.
Pompeyscum
Nuge for the Blades anyone?
pentonpompey
I hope that we have people running to pick up crouchies nod on's as he's hopeless at hitting the target. Sounds negative, but he's miles better to feet! For such a big man he's crap with his head!!
pentonpompey
that is very true penton. before he came, a lot of us were concenred that we would just boot it up to him "becuase he's big". he can't jump without giving away fouls, and he's not very accurtate with the headers. having said that, he is very skillfull, and has a deft touch. Just how you would imagine a younger, english kanu!
pompeycarpet
i think thats an excellent signing for you lads! best of luck!
boros_finest
i have to admit I wanted us to sign him a while back when he went to Pool, However i do sympathize with Nuge in that his right wing spot will almost definitely go to Pennant. But As Gig T said ..he wants 4 forwards and Nuge is in his plans. I agree with CharlieChimes completely about the speeeeeeed to counter attack on each flank. We do need to sure up our cross field passing which has let us down a bit lately. not sure about whether we will revert to 442 though
plymouth graham
I must admit we are starting to resemble an Arsenal kind od speed in the counter attack
plymouth graham
Perhaps Nuge will be given the odd go on the opposite side?
jbaker
a good signing.. at last! i think Nuge should be given the chance to play up front with Poita.
nodster
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/jan/18/tottenham-harry-redknapp-transfer-window Cracking article
harrissman
Remembering that Tone himself is an ex-con, we could be Rehabilitation Central. Ok, am happy to give the lad a chance as long as the net is groaning with goals. CharlieChimes is right, the left-right wing attack potential we have is pretty awesome but why do we then play so much through the middle where there is a big Diarra-shaped hole and we lose the ball so often? And remember Belhadj cross field passing vs Bristol for Crouchy's goal? Pretty sexy.
hammersmithblue
It's good that we have gotten someone in, but I feel gutted for Nugget. Just as he looks like he is going to land on his feet, someone pulls the rug from under him. That will knock his confidence again big time.
sneakay
nugent will now be second choice striker and right wing, im sure he'll get some playing time, probably more at home and sub appearances away....btw i thought we were trying to buy pennant because adams was after another loan in the prem? so either we buy this person, buy traore(i wish) and still bring this person on loan or it all falls through...which is more probable. Regardless, a right winger at last!
ruffcider
A good signing. I think Pennant is under-rated. Hope Nugent stays though and makes the grade with us, afterall, we need strength in depth throughout the squad.
NinjaTim
im not a fan of pennant, and think i make that faily clear, that said i also say that given a run of games we 'should' see what all the fuss is about - at the end of the day arsenal and liverpool as former clubs, milan and madrid sniffing around, enough said...
its a win win situation for all parties as far as im concerned - i do feel for nugent, he has now found his feet, literally, and could be relegated to the bench again... he will still play this season, and i would hope that TA goes with him and crouchy on saturday.
pennant has to impress to catch the eye between now and the summer, im not thinking about what his future will be after that, that will take care of itself, staying up is a must and if he performes to his best then this will help us, and more - plus he is not cup tied either!
pompeyrug
Just seen this article..... "Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp failed with a last minute bid to trump Portsmouth for their new loan signing Jermaine Pennant, the Liverpool winger. The Guardian says Redknapp's move seemed ­surprising, given that the Spurs manager has two right-sided midfielders and is ­struggling to incorporate both Aaron Lennon and David Bentley in his starting line-up. But he is ever open to possibility of players that he likes and with a question mark over Bentley's long-term future at White Hart Lane, he will not rule out another attempt to sign Pennant in the summer."
NinjaTim
Tony should bite the bullet and go 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 with Nugent playing off crouch, he can pick up the knock downs and also act as a go between from midfield and crouch. If we don't get anyone else in we can then play with Davis and Hughes in the centre which should be pretty solid. Traore and Pennant down the wings and perhaps cutting in as they're backed up by Belhadj and Johnson. Sweet.
stooH
Thing is in 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1, where do we play Niko? If we were to play Nugent off of Crouch as you suggest, that means that we arent using Niko where he is best.
jbaker
I think the thing is: Nugent isn't a right midfielder, so him loosing his oplace in the side is no big surprise. 4-5-1 is DEFINATLY the way forward, home AND away (I think we should be able to break teams down better at home with traore and pennant than last year). Kranjcar should keep doing what he's been doing - he's been fantastic - davis can sit in the holding role, although in truth, he isn't up to the same standard as the rest of the team, leaving room for 1/2 more midfield players to come in.
pompeycarpet
A0 Just read the article harissman sugested..very good..obviously your name is not pronounced "Harry's man" but according to the article he (Hairy Redknob) would like every player in the world to be his man. My Mate at work who is a chelsea fan says Redknob looks very bitter and seems to be trying to undermine all TA's targets in the window
plymouth graham
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...29th August (Friday August 29 2014)

Awford's assessment - Stoke 3-0 Pompey (Thursday August 28 2014)

On this day in history...28th August (Thursday August 28 2014)

Stats: Stoke v Pompey (Wednesday August 27 2014)

On this day in history...27th August (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Stoke v Pompey (Tuesday August 26 2014)

On this day in history...26th August (Tuesday August 26 2014)

On this day in history...25th August (Monday August 25 2014)

On this day in history...24th August (Sunday August 24 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 210
2. Lemmi 146
3. PFCblue 123
4. mslorna48 82
5. eastneydave 46
6. storagematt 36
7. Emsworthianblue 26
8. paultsmouth 13
9. PompeyJake 13
10. Jimsmithswig 11

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Exeter 1 - 1 Portsmouth
Oxford 0 - 1 Portsmouth
Portsmouth 2 - 1 Cambridge
Portsmouth 2 - 0 Northampton

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Morecambe 4 4 0 0 +6 12
2. Portsmouth 4 3 1 0 +4 10
3. Cheltenham 4 3 1 0 +3 10
4. Burton 4 3 1 0 +3 10
5. Wycombe 4 3 0 1 +4 9
6. Shrewsbury 4 2 2 0 +5 8
7. Bury 4 2 1 1 +2 7

Breaking League News

On this day in history...29th August
» Portsmouth : 29/08/2014 07:00:00
No movement expected
» York : 28/08/2014 23:37:00
Shrewsbury Sign Griffith
» Shrewsbury : 28/08/2014 21:52:00
Mellon - We Deserved Leicester Win
» Shrewsbury : 28/08/2014 21:44:00
Mansfield Confirm Clucas Stays
» Mansfield : 28/08/2014 21:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Pompey v Newport?
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Pompey win 100%
Newport win 0%
Draw 0%