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Pompey sign Theofanis Gekas on loan

Pompey sign Theofanis Gekas  on loan

The name may not be familar, but the Greek was top scorer in the Bundesliga a couple of seasons back, and he arrives with quite a record, he has the topped the Greek scoring charts with Panathinaikos, and is current second top score in the Bundesliga.

Coach Skibbe obviously doesn't get on with him though, as although he is Laverkusen's top scorer he has been on the bench in recent weeks, and now of course he has been given the job to fire Pompey to safety.

Gekas will wear number 29 for Pompey, and stands at 5'10 and a half inches, he is aged 28 and has scored 12 goals in 35 matches for his country.

Gekas may not have a name such as Saviola, but I reckon he will have a hunger to succeed, and with a goal every other game record may just be what Tony Adams has been searching for since Defoe quit on him.

Adams told Pompeys official site Tony Adams believes that Gekas can adapt to life in the Premier League straight away.

He said: "His goalscoring record is fantastic and he's always looking to score goals.

"He's always on the shoulder of the last defender, he looks to get in behind the defence and he's got a great eye for goal. Hopefully that will continue with Pompey.

"He plays for the Greek national team and recently came on against Italy and scored.

"A couple of years ago he was the highest scorer in the Bundesliga. The Bundelsiga is a fantastic league, so that's not an easy feat.

"I think that he's really keen to come to the Premier League and get some goals for us.

"He's a player that I think can come in and do well straight away. He's certainly hungry to do well and hopefully he can hit the ground running.

"I think he's got the right attitude and mentality to come in and do well right from the start.

"I'm surprised that he hasn't played as much for Leverkusen this season but he's still been useful for them. He's only played 108 minutes for them in the league and he's scored two goals."



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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Sunday February 1 2009
Time: 9:26PM

Comments

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As someone with the odd drop of greek blood via great great grandad i say welcome to Theo! Get yourself a sackful of goals, mate!
hammersmithblue
01/02/2009 21:35:00
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As long he is better Skippy a few years back we could be onto a winner!
paultsmouth
01/02/2009 21:36:00
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Last throw of the dice. If this don't work we are in deep do do. It will be a horrible summer for us & our loved ones if we fck up!
storagematt
01/02/2009 21:44:00
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nice picture paultsmouth... is it of him?
pompeycarpet
01/02/2009 22:04:00
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my god WHATS WRONG WITH DAVID NUGENT this is just a slap in the face to him if anything we need a new centre back pff
pompeym@
01/02/2009 22:05:00
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If the pic is of him, we should be worried!! Other than that, sounds very good!! Another?? Good signing from TA. Is it enough or too little too late for tony though?
MFFP
01/02/2009 22:07:00
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well contrary to popular perception i felt Skippy was ok- although i did'nt see much of him to be honest. Now the goalie was another kettle of fish altogther. welcome Thoe. I dont know ay greek really apart form when ive studied the new testament, but "Theo" i know means "God" hence Theology etc so hopefully he can forge a miracle
plymouth graham
01/02/2009 22:13:00
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Picture was just to cheer everyone up, he looks like the lead guitarist from Red hot Chilli peppers
paultsmouth
01/02/2009 22:21:00
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Matt - My summer will be wonderful even if we do ***** up.. Would you have been happy if we had signed Torres ? .. Sorry mate but nothing is gonna make you happy it seems.. You wanted a striker we got one.. His record looks good and although (in fairness) last minute deals do smack of desperation this fellas has only been on the market for three days...I think we have done well to get him .. see below


30 January 2009
Bayer to sell Gekas
Sky Sports
Theofanis Gekas looks set to leave Bayer Leverkusen, and a host of Premier League clubs are said to be interested. Spanish side Espanyol are leading the chase for the Greek international but there is also interest from England. Stoke, Portsmouth and Sunderland are all believed to be keeping tabs on the 28-year-old, who is set to leave Bayer before Monday's window closes. Gekas joined Leverkusen in 2007, but he is now set to be sold in order to make room for Eren Dergiyok - who is to join from FC Basel. "We have received an offer from Espanyol. Yet we have no agreement over the transfer fee, but this might still happen. I am not discussing figures publicly," said Bayer director Wolfgang Holzhauser.


As for Nugent ..yeah he must be low but he has known since before Xmas that we were in the market for a new striker.. I still think Nuge has a big part to play though..
Chix
01/02/2009 22:23:00
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agree, think that nugent still has a role to play - i cannot see theo coming straight into the side, he will start from the bench and if he impresses then he gets into the side. nugent will start against the bin dippers, sadly i can only see it being as wide right as pennant cannot play...
pompeyrug
01/02/2009 22:32:00
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