Vital Football

Promising start by Varney

Promising start by Varney

If I am honest, and I think I was honest and open with my thoughts, I was not entirely 'overawed' by the initial 'rumours' that Luke Varney was going to sign...

Nor, again being honest, was I that 'thrilled' when he did sign!

Although to be fair I think I soon stepped back, took stock and appreciated that we could have done 'a lot worse' and we had actually signed a pretty good player.

For me a 'like-for-like' replacement for Dave Nugent without a doubt...

I soon thought that he would do the job that Nugent did, and he has, but would do this on less money than we used to play Nugent and would offer us as much energy - without wasting it, which Nugent often would - and offer as much of a goal threat to boot!

Granted, I do not think that Varney will score the 'blockbusters' that Nugent sometimes did although he will chip in with goals and his contribution to the team will be worth as much, arguable more, than Nugent's was.

I would say it is a sure bet that the 'goals to chances' ratio will be better for Varney, he might not get as many chances as Nugent used to although I would put money on Varney having a better success ratio...

Oh, and what a leaper he is!

I had no idea just how good in the air Varney was, watch him closely next time we play and check out what a leap he has for a guy that is not exactly that tallest around.

He won virtually every ball in the air against Reading the other week, he just needs to get his radar a little closer when it comes to headers in the box.

Dave Nugent who? Who needs him when you have Luke Varney...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

  • Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Cardiff.

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate

    Frippy's Virtual Bookies - link to update here.

    Trust

  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday August 23 2011
    Time: 3:52PM

    Comments

    0
    So much better than nugent. Good player with good touch, likes to run at people and astonishing in the air. Really really pleased with him
    brucey_main
    23/08/2011 16:55:00
    0
    So much better than nugent. Good player with good touch, likes to run at people and astonishing in the air. Really really pleased with him
    brucey_main
    23/08/2011 16:55:00
    0
    if that shot that hit the post went in it would of been goal of the month ! in every leauge
    pompeyhussler
    23/08/2011 17:16:00
    0
    if that shot that hit the post went in it would of been goal of the month ! in every leauge
    pompeyhussler
    23/08/2011 17:16:00
    0
    i think its a little unfair to actually compare the 2 to be honest, Nugent is a striker full-stop, he doesn't really like the wing and is most certainly not a left winger, while Varney has said he prefers the wing and doesn't particularly like playing in the strikers role. Now Nuge is at Leicester playing upfront i expect we'll see how good a goal threat he can be. That said no disrespect to Varney on the wing he's easily as good as Nuge was, prolly better but a direct comparison is unfair in my opinion
    pompeym@
    23/08/2011 17:23:00
    0
    i think its a little unfair to actually compare the 2 to be honest, Nugent is a striker full-stop, he doesn't really like the wing and is most certainly not a left winger, while Varney has said he prefers the wing and doesn't particularly like playing in the strikers role. Now Nuge is at Leicester playing upfront i expect we'll see how good a goal threat he can be. That said no disrespect to Varney on the wing he's easily as good as Nuge was, prolly better but a direct comparison is unfair in my opinion
    pompeym@
    23/08/2011 17:23:00
    0
    The only thing that is unfair is calling David Nugent a striker. The bloke had energy and enthusiasm alright, but so did the duracell bunny.
    Super Bock 1898
    23/08/2011 21:19:00
    0
    The only thing that is unfair is calling David Nugent a striker. The bloke had energy and enthusiasm alright, but so did the duracell bunny.
    Super Bock 1898
    23/08/2011 21:19:00
    0
    lol well he's score 2 in 4 for Leicester as a Striker so we'll see won't we
    pompeym@
    23/08/2011 21:44:00
    0
    lol well he's score 2 in 4 for Leicester as a Striker so we'll see won't we
    pompeym@
    23/08/2011 21:44:00
    Page 1/2
    1. 1
    2. 2

    Login to post a comment

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    Vital View - League 2, 14th January 2017

    Doncaster retained a healthy lead at the top ahead of Plymouth and Carlisle. Cheltenham moved above Notts County with only Newport below them in the Football League now.

    Video - Pompey 2-1 Leyton Orient

    Conor Chaplin made up for missing a penalty - the third spot kick in a row I think we've missed isn't it? - with a brace as Pompey deservedly saw off Leyton Orient 2-1 at Fratton Park.

    On this day in history...16th January

    A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 16th January.

    On this day in history...15th January

    A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 15th January.

    Archived Vital Pompey Articles

    Vital Pompey articles from

    Site Journalists

    pompeyrug
    Editor email
    Profile
    eastneydave
    Editor email
    Profile
    paultsmouth
    no email
    Profile

    Current Poll (see more polls)

    Orient MotM
    Suggested By: Site Staff
    Forde3%
    Evans0%
    Clarke3%
    Burgess14%
    Stevens0%
    Baker0%
    Doyle0%
    Rose3%
    Naismith3%
    Smith0%
    Chaplin64%
    Sub - Lowe7%
    Sub - Linganzi3%
    Sub - Bennett0%
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    League Table

    # Team P W D L Pts. GD
    1 Doncaster 26 17 4 5 55 19
    2 Plymouth 25 16 3 6 51 14
    3 Carlisle 26 12 11 3 47 11
    4 Portsmouth 26 13 6 7 45 14
    5 Wycombe 25 12 6 7 42 6
    6 Luton 25 11 8 6 41 13
    7 Colchester 26 11 7 8 40 10
    8 Cambridge 25 11 6 8 39 9
    9 Barnet 26 10 9 7 39 0
    10 Exeter 25 11 3 11 36 9
    11 Grimsby 26 10 6 10 36 2
    12 Blackpool 25 9 8 8 35 11
    13 Crawley 25 10 5 10 35 -7
    14 Mansfield 26 8 10 8 34 -3
    15 Stevenage 26 10 3 13 33 -4
    16 Yeovil 25 8 7 10 31 -3
    17 Morecambe 25 9 4 12 31 -11
    18 Crewe 26 6 10 10 28 -11
    19 Hartlepool 26 6 9 11 27 -11
    20 Leyton Orient 26 7 4 15 25 -11
    21 Accrington 25 6 7 12 25 -11
    22 Cheltenham 25 5 9 11 24 -10
    23 Notts County 26 6 5 15 23 -20
    24 Newport 25 4 6 15 18 -16
    Write for Vital Football
    Latest F1 News
    Latest Vital Boxing News
    The Vital Football Members League

    Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

    Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

    Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Crawley Town (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Exeter City (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Wycombe Wanderers (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Accrington Stanley (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Blackpool (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Barnet (a)
    Sky Bet League Two

    Vital Members League Table

    RankNamePoints
    1.uspompeyfan45
    2.pompeyrug42
    3.PompeyFrippy32
    4.storagematt21
    5.FrattonBlue15
    6.Copnor4314
    7.PompeyFromtheUSA6
    8.steaming6
    9.eastneydave6
    10.pompeyweller4
    Vital Football Comment