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Benjani to start?

Quite clearly Benjani is, or at least was, very short of match fitness - this has been obvious in his opening minutes since his return.

His run-out in the 'behind-closed-doors' friendly win over Swindon this week, a game in which he of course scored a hat-trick, would have done him the world of good!

Benjani and 'an eye for goal' is not something that we can say many could, all in all, consider him has having although 'word on the street' has it that Steve Cotterill is 'delighted about Benjani's eye for goal' and is in fact 'cock a hoop' about this...

With all due respect to Swindon's '2nd string' this is a far cry from Cardiff's 1st team but this hat-trick cannot have done his chances of a first start since his return to Fratton a couple of weeks back any harm, can it?

If Cotterill is as happy with him as it is said he is then there is every chance his second full debut could come this weekend...

'Should' Benji managed to force himself into the starting 11 this weekend he 'might not' be the only new face from the start on display?

Cotterill says that he is '99% certain' that a new arrival will be in place by the weekend.

A couple of names being 'heavily' mentioned are Norwich's Cody MacDonald, a name totally out of the blue to me, and Ipswich's Grant Leadbitter.

MacDonald had a phenomenal strike rate during a loan with Gillingham last season, better than 1 in 2, although it is known that Leadbitter is in talks with PFC. His arrival before the transfer deadline arrives does seem likely, but will it be him arriving today?

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday August 26 2011

    Time: 12:16AM

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    Perhaps this will end up being the true level for Benjani, perhaps he will shine like Nugent did with this style of football, fingers crossed!
    NZ_Portsmuff
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    26/08/2011 02:18:00

    Perhaps this will end up being the true level for Benjani, perhaps he will shine like Nugent did with this style of football, fingers crossed!
    NZ_Portsmuff
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    26/08/2011 02:18:00

    I don't think Benjani will be ready to start yet, and if he does, I can't imagine he'll last too long. With Bullard signing for Ipswich, I think it will be Leadbitter coming in next, although I don't think he'll feature on Saturday for some reason.
    PompeyFrippy
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    26/08/2011 02:48:00

    I don't think Benjani will be ready to start yet, and if he does, I can't imagine he'll last too long. With Bullard signing for Ipswich, I think it will be Leadbitter coming in next, although I don't think he'll feature on Saturday for some reason.
    PompeyFrippy
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    26/08/2011 02:48:00

    I think whom ever comes in will start on Saturday; you don't buy people to bench em. As for Benji, his strike rate got better as his Pompey time went on, and his assist rate hasn't been equalled at Pompey yet; in either league.
    RussellM
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    26/08/2011 03:48:00

    I think whom ever comes in will start on Saturday; you don't buy people to bench em. As for Benji, his strike rate got better as his Pompey time went on, and his assist rate hasn't been equalled at Pompey yet; in either league.
    RussellM
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    26/08/2011 03:48:00

    Russell, SC has to buy some for the bench. Remember, we hardly had a squad, so we had to buy players for both roles.
    Pompey Malta
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    26/08/2011 09:30:00

    Russell, SC has to buy some for the bench. Remember, we hardly had a squad, so we had to buy players for both roles.
    Pompey Malta
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    26/08/2011 09:30:00

    Totally agree with Russell and his points on Benji. Is he fully match fit?...no he isn't, but I can think of a couple that are and I wouldn't have on the pitch. If he can stay injury free Benji will only get better in my opinion, it's great to have him back...PUP
    cornypomp
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    26/08/2011 09:42:00

    Totally agree with Russell and his points on Benji. Is he fully match fit?...no he isn't, but I can think of a couple that are and I wouldn't have on the pitch. If he can stay injury free Benji will only get better in my opinion, it's great to have him back...PUP
    cornypomp
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    26/08/2011 09:42:00

     

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