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Pompey bring in Sodje on trial

Steve Cotterill has confirmed, when talking to The News, that Sam Sodje is training with Pompey at the moment: 'we have just brought Sam in to do a bit of training with us and see where he is.

'He's just somebody out there at the moment on a free.'

There is of course no harm whatsoever in looking at the guy, a Nigerian international defender, although would I would be slightly concerned about is the fact that having left Charlton for Greek club Skoda Xanthi in the summer, how come his contract was 'cancelled by mutual consent' after just a month...

We need numbers, but we also need to make sure what we bring in is better than what we already have?

If Sodje is that then so be it, although, and I might be wrong, part of my tends to lean in favour of someone like Joel Ward to act as central defensive cover.

I say this because we know, without a doubt, that the local lad will give 100% whenever called upon and does want to play for us - also, and to be fair, the guy does look a decent prospect, just not as a midfielder!

One player that does NOT want to leave at all though is Matty Ritchie, who yesterday told The News that until he is told by the club they no longer want him he will not leave for anyone.

It is well documented that I am a Ritchie fan, and with that sort of attitude, coupled with a fair amount of ability WHY would we want to let him leave! Although leave is something that Kevin-Prince Boateng does now 'appear' to have done?

His move away from Pompey was a bizarre one - he was joining Genoa, then joining Genoa to be loaned to Milan, yet it is now 'claimed' that he has simply joined Milan for 5.5m and has already started training with them?

We have nothing official yet though...

Although contrary to what one site on t'internet said he WOULD NOT become the first championship player to leave that level for a club such as Milan - Mark Hateley left Fratton for exactly the same move in the 80s, when we were the equivalent to a championship side when we were part of the old second division.

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday August 18 2010

    Time: 11:57AM

    Your Comments

    Sodje didn't like Greece, the language, the weather any of it. Nigeria weren't that hot so the main thing is why dud ge leave charlton. Until the embargo is lifted we don't have much in the way of options, we need defensive cover although this bit of news is distinctly underwhelming.
    russellm
    I agree that youngsters like Ritchie and Ward are great prospects and they have risen exceptionally well to the challenge they've been given lately. But there's also a risk of putting too much pressure on them too early on, and SC has said this - so getting in experienced cover can't be a bad thing. In fact for us, bringing players in at all is exciting. And this one has a comedy name - excellent!
    tracyc
    How depressing...........
    pentonpompey
    The fact that he has played for Charlton is exciting. There is no harm in bringing bodies and keep hold of Ciftci, Ward and Ritchie. We need to have subs. We may send them on one-month loans when Hermann and Webber comes back.
    Pompey Malta
    Malta; even Charlton fans wouldn't describe it as exciting!!
    pentonpompey
    I meant he has English football expierence penton. Players can come good. Just look at Mokoena. No one wanted him any more at Blackburn. The same happened to Rocha. And mentioning him, does the fact that Sodje is training with us means that Rocha is not going to agree a deal with us?
    Pompey Malta
    Hmm......not convinced,... at all...
    plymouth graham
    We need about 2 decent strikers.
    Funky Liamo
    Mokoena AND good in the same sentence....whatever next?? not having a dig at you Malta, but are you sure?
    pentonpompey
    Ross Mccormack made available for loan by Cardiff. Get in there SC!
    bluedr
    The other thing is Cotterille has got this thing about dismissing players " he's just one that's out there" and "he wants Pompey we aren't after him" I think managers have to have confidence in their ability; its just he's starting to appreciate his own greatness a touch too much.
    russellm
    IS THIS THE SAME PLAYER WHO USED TO PLAY FOR BRENTFORD AND HAD GREEN HAIR/HAT??? the thing is about defenders u do not have to have the skill to defend well championship defenders can go up to premiership and look good same with div one defenders who go up to championship.... sign him up
    pompeyhussler
    Good shout Bluedr
    pentonpompey
    We have to back the manager but the more I think about this one the less sense either him being here or Cotterilles general comments in the media about the player seem to make.
    russellm
    I would like to see us give the youngsters a go.. surely there is some decent loan signings from the prem as well
    nodster
     

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