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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 20 2009

Time: 6:52PM

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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 !
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20/01/2009 19:08:00

Good move for all concerned
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20/01/2009 19:08:00

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.
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20/01/2009 19:24:00

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.
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20/01/2009 19:26:00

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.
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20/01/2009 19:33:00

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!!!!!
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20/01/2009 19:34:00

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
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20/01/2009 19:38:00

be quite interesting to see how he does after the disappointment of Liverpool
The Fear
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20/01/2009 19:49:00

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.
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20/01/2009 20:11:00

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.
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20/01/2009 20:16:00

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.
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20/01/2009 20:25:00

Nuge for the Blades anyone?
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20/01/2009 20:30:00

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!!
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20/01/2009 20:32:00

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!
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20/01/2009 21:25:00

i think thats an excellent signing for you lads! best of luck!
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20/01/2009 21:50:00

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
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20/01/2009 22:27:00

I must admit we are starting to resemble an Arsenal kind od speed in the counter attack
plymouth graham
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20/01/2009 22:28:00

Perhaps Nuge will be given the odd go on the opposite side?
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20/01/2009 23:22:00

a good signing.. at last! i think Nuge should be given the chance to play up front with Poita.
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21/01/2009 00:30:00

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/jan/18/tottenham-harry-redknapp-transfer-window Cracking article
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21/01/2009 05:48:00

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.
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21/01/2009 08:19:00

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.
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21/01/2009 08:52:00

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!
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21/01/2009 10:02:00

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.
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21/01/2009 10:45:00

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!
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21/01/2009 11:44:00

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."
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21/01/2009 12:42:00

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.
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21/01/2009 12:55:00

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.
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21/01/2009 13:09:00

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.
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21/01/2009 17:39:00

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
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21/01/2009 19:06:00


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