UK time is: 14:51:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Slammed shut!

For the next 37-days or so, at least, we now know exactly what Appy - more of less - has to work with squad wise.

This emergency loan window has slammed shut now with Pompey able to bring in a couple of loanees from West Brom.

Joe Mattock is someone that I know of, and someone that was thought of very highly for a good while when he came onto the scene with Leicester as a teenager.

This saw him represent England at various levels up to and including U21 level. At 21 this is a level he could still qualify for and some 'possible' regular 1st team football with us until January 2nd, at least, could help his chances of forcing his way back into Stuart Pearce's thoughts.

With that in mind surely the defender has plenty of reason to look to impress at Fratton, that should, in theory, benefit us right?

The second arrival from West Brom, George Thorne is not, I must totally confess, someone that I know anything about whatsoever!

Appy though speaks very highly of him, and if anyone knows what he can do he should, and by all accounts he is well thought of at West Brom too.

He is another that will be looking to stamp his mark at Fratton as this further enhances his chances of making a regular spot in a premier league West Brom side more of a realistic prospect.

In many ways I do think that Appy is right that our squad could do with some 'youth' about it and these two arrivals certainly bring that, but in Mattock's case he brings with him a fair bit of experience too despite his fairly young years.

The disappointment in doing this arguably is that we have looked elsewhere for this as opposed to using our own - the likes of Ryan Williams, Lewis Stockford, Lewis Tallack and Jed Wallace for example.

That said who is to say that they are not in Appy's thoughts as he has mentioned most, and others, by name in the past 24-hours as players that he 'likes'...

Something that is a little bit of a 'disappointment' about to day are the 'reports' that a move for a third player 'fell through' - who this was and/or why still is not known?

The 'apparent' loss of Abdul Razak is a blow though!

He is going back to Citeh, like I say this is a blow, although I cannot find anything 'official' from our end or Citeh's saying that this is actually happening - this was 'rumour' in a paper today so it is not 100% certain it will actually happen, though chances are it will?!

All that said though you would hardly expect us to be starting with both Razak and Thorne in midfield would you as the lack of experience, as much as anything, could leave us exposed - and given the seriously highly rated nature of Razak could you really see Citeh letting us keep him to warm our bench, he may as well do that on theirs if anywhere!

We now know what we have to work with, lets just hope that Appy can get the best out of them and get us climbing up the table - with Scum coming up we need to be going into this in a bit of form, Leicester (h), Coventry (h) and Burnley (a) are games that give us a chance of gaining some momentum so lets hope we can...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Leicester.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Pompey on: facebook Vital Pompey on: twitter

Join the Vital Pompey Forum Debate

Frippy's Virtual Bookies - here.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 24 2011

Time: 5:41PM

Your Comments

Underwhelmed, but then in reality I don't suppose I should have really expected any different...
penton
I think the arrivals are ok, at least it will shake up players like Halford and Lawrence who turned up and played even when perhapse not merited.
Russellm
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Pompey vs The Cherries (Thursday July 31 2014)

Less than 2-weeks to go... Thoughts? (Thursday July 31 2014)

On this day in history...31st July (Thursday July 31 2014)

On this day in history...30th July (Wednesday July 30 2014)

As long as we win! (Sunday July 27 2014)

Pompey well beaten by Ebbsfleet (Saturday July 26 2014)

On this day in history...26th July (Saturday July 26 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Northampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Oxford 0 0 0 0 0 0
16. Plymouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Portsmouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Shrewsbury 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. Southend 0 0 0 0 0 0
20. Stevenage 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

I'll be back vows defender
York : 01/08/2014 14:50:00
D-Day Looming
Southend : 01/08/2014 11:33:00
A Smashing Addition
Hartlepool : 01/08/2014 10:52:00
Looking ahead to August for the U's
Oxford : 01/08/2014 10:41:00
Summary of the month of July for the U's
Oxford : 01/08/2014 10:36:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

AA says we are done but are we still short in...
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Defence 74%
Midfield 0%
Attack 3%
In AA we trust! 23%