Date:Thursday September 10 2009
We can expect to see a new look Pompey side on Saturday, with most of the other transfer window signings - that have not already featured - being handed a place in the squad for the game with Bolton, in fact most of them will be starting.
Peter Storrie has given his lowdown to The News on these new arrivals, these are 'some' of his thoughts...
Tal Ben Haim is expected to come into the side to partner Younes Kaboul, who has been fantastic so far this season. He 'can be a calming influence and also an important part of the team with the many qualities he brings to that defence'.
The Israeli international has not really had the best of times recently but 'there is no doubting his qualities, ask any Bolton fan what they think of him.'
Jamie O'Hara, who came in on loan from Spurs of course, is one that is expected to go straight into the starting 11. He was not a player that Spurs wanted 'to go' but with the former England U21needing 1st team football a deal was agreed 'Jamie's an exciting player, full of energy and effort who the fans will enjoy watching. He can also score goals from midfield, which is a tremendous bonus.' A goalscoring threat from the midfield is exactly what we need, and I too feel he will give us this so I am more than happy.
Storrie is confident he is 'going to be a key performer anywhere across the midfield' and I would agree, I would also hope that we can extend this loan in January as it is said we can - I still, if we could afford it and he enjoys it and wanted to, would not rule out us signing him.
Another signing from Spurs, but on a permanent basis, and another expected to go straight into the side was Kevin-Prince Boateng with Storrie thinking we 'might have a bit of a coup there.' He will get 'plenty of games here' and has the chance to put the record straight.
'He's technically very good, gets forward, is a good passer of the ball and gives us something defensively. He has a bit of everything,' lets just hope that this proves to be the case!
Mike Williamson looks as though he will have to settle for a place on the bench but Paul Hart's praise has been followed up by Storrie's who says 'good, young centre-backs are difficult to find nowadays, but we believe we have found one here.'
Viewed more as one for 'the long-term future' we just have to hope that he lives up to the hype as we agreed a deal with Watford that could be for as much as £3m.
A few eyebrows were raise when Hassan Yebda came in on loan from Benfica but Storrie feels 'people will be surprised when they see him. He could be a bit of a dark horse.' A regular in the Benfica side last season with it said that 'many people thought there was no chance of bringing him here on loan.'
A 'big, strong, box-to-box midfielder' but he is 'not a great goalscorer, though'. Apparently a lot of other clubs wanted him, but we now have an 'exclusivity' that gives us first option of signing him if we want to after the loan - the midfielder looks set to start on the bench this weekend though.
Aruna Dindane will not feature at all as he has a knee problem, which many of us find strange that we did sign him with this in mind, although not so much if it is not as serious as some 'reports' claim. Storrie admits that that he 'has a knee problem but he played the last 10 or so games of last season and scored a few,' although he is said to be working up to full fitness.
'He's quick, strong, scores goals, runs at people and has the ability to dribble past defenders, which is fantastic to watch', all of which sounds good and it is also said that we will 'love watching him play, he's a very exciting player,' I hope that we do!
It is going to be a very much different Pompey side this weekend and if we build on the Citeh performance, but with more of an attacking threat - which I think we will have - I can see our season, which starts now, starting well.
Whatever though lets not make too many decisions on how good, or many how bad, players are too soon - lets give them, and the manager, a few games to show what they are really about, although we do need to win on Saturday!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday September 10 2009
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