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'We are down to the bare loans!'

Down to the bare loans, after Pompey captures their third signing of the day, on loan. This deal will become permanent if he impresses over the course of the season.

Douala has won 13 international caps for Cameroon and agreed to the deal while preparing for an African Cup of nations match against Rwanda.

The player who is a natural winger but can also play up-front.

Rudolph Mbela Douala was born September 25, 1978 in Douala. He is a Cameroonian footballer which would see him play in the african cup of nations.

He is an international midfielder/forward player and is known for being very fast. Douala started his career in St. Etienne but became more famous in Portugal, playing by Boavista FC, Uniγo de Leiria and now in Sporting.
Name: Rudolph Mbela Douala
DOB: 25.09.1978 (28)
Weight: 75kg
Height: 176cm


Watch a goal scored by Doula

So That`s It!

Late into the night, Toddy moved to Wigan on loan despite having scored two goals this season. With Lua returning in a few weeks and the signing of two strikers, Toddy would have been way down the pecking order. I would like to wish Toddy the best of luck at his new club.

Pompey end the summer with the following squad;


David James
Dean Kiely
Jamie Ashdown


Matty Taylor
Dejan Stefanovic
Sol Campbell
Linvoy Primus
Andy O`Brien
Noe Pamarot
Glen Johnson
Richard Duffy
Andy Griffin


Niko Kranjcar
Pedro Mendes
Sean Davis
Manuel Fernandes
Richard Hughes
David Thompson
Gary O`Neil


Lua Lua
Rudolph Douala
Andy Cole
Ivica Mornar

Harry has to be happy with that squad (which I will review later) but I want your opinion on this transfer window, are you happy? We may not have spent that much in transfer fees but wages, we will have one of the biggest wage bills outside the top four.

David James (1.2 million)
Andy Cole (500k)

Sol Campbell (free)
David Thompson (free)
Kanu (free)

Koroman (loan)
Manuel Fernandes (loan)
Niko Kranjcar (3.5 million, sorry!)
Rudolph Doula (loan)
Glen Johnson (loan)

I think Pompey fans should be delighted, we have great squad depth and a top ten finish has to be a realistic aim now!

Paul Fisher

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Date:Friday September 1 2006

Time: 7:12AM

Your Comments

Sorry I can't see the logic in loaning Toddy, HR said we needed another striker and signed AC then gets rid of Toddy doesn't make sense to me. AC has been out long term where do we stand if he breaks down? I hope they had thegood sense to include a recall clause and one that says he can't play against us.
Steve C
haha good heading, i'm happy, i think sol is the best but can't wait to see the loaned players
The squad looks well balanced and what with injuries, suspensions and rotations, one would ecpect most of these would get a run. Can anyone tell me how come we are still holding on to Ivica Mornar as surely he would the one surplus to requirements and not Todorov.
steve C Doula will play up-front
mornar will be happy to sit on the bench, toddy wants first team football, clubs want toddy, clubs don't want mornar lol
Sorry to see Toddy go. Scored a lot of important goals & was Pompey thru & thru. Again, I trust the loan means he won't be playing against us on 9th Sept.
who knows, must have a recall thing?
The squad does look much better now than a month ago, and I reckon were on for top a eight finish. I think Toddy going out on loan is good for him as he will be getting first team football every week, which is more than he will get a Pompey. I've got doubts how much Lua is going to see of first team action on a regular basis with all these new boy coming in. I recon Harry's going to start with Benji and either AC or Kunu each week with Doula and Lua as super subs.
Steve, Toddy will always be in our hearts, our hero. But Andy Cole can make his own goals, something Toddy has done in previous years, but not recently. Cole will get us golas, and not just Tap in's. Toddy needs about 10 x 90 minute games, thats something we cant give him. If he proves to be the old toddy by december, we will have him back, as good as new, and worthy of his place. If not, then atleast he can mocve on and enjoy a career somewhere else. We should be pleased for Toddy, and pleased we are moving up, Hopefully the 2 will re-unite in a fairy tale ending, but sometimes, to move on, you have to make sacrafices, and sometimes those sacrafices do hurt.
Who knows, Mornar being in the squad might have helped lure young Kronjcar down here. Very encouraged by yesterays signings, here's hoping we will continue to be amazed by performances on the pitch for the rest of the season! Re Toddy; I may have imagined it, but when I saw the announcement ont he OS it said we'd loaned him until the end of December only?? Most reports I'm seeing are saying the end of the season for some reason. Get the Toddy scoring for Wigan and then snatch him back in for the New Year matches!
im relatively happy, i would have liked us to sign appiah though
pompey pessimist
Appiah will come in January
Thinking about it - I think getting Douala in on loan and Toddy out on loan - says that Harry likes African players a lot and the skillful play they bring. He prefers such players to out and out goalscorers who do little else - which is why he didn't go for Nugent also. I think our midfield has also become a great attacking midfield with some creative ball players and plenty of competition. Let's think how Kanu has suddenly improved compared to Brom - and the answer is great service and a team who want to play football (plus an excellent defence). I like watching Harry's teams play, just think how much better we are likely to play at home to Wigan this year, compared to October last year. And remember the team from that day: Ashdown, Priske, Primus, Stefanovic, Griffin, O'Neill, Hughes, Taylor, Vignal, Vukic and Silva with Westerveld, Diao, Robert, Lua Lua and Mbesuma on the bench. If all our signings were fit then we could have James, Johnson, Primus, Campbell, Stefanovic, O'Neill, Fernandes, Mendes, Kranjcar, Kanu, Benjani with Kiely, Taylor, Davis, Douala and Lua Lua as subs. And Cole, Thompson, Koroman Duffy, Pamarot and Ashdown waiting for a chance ! What an improvement in 11 months !
as for douala i thought he was a midfielder but if he can play attack too then im quite happy to see toddy go out on loan. douala supposed to be lightning pace, we are ripped in midfield now, id love to see teams try and break it... its just NOT going to happen. we have one of the best goalies in the country (on par with robinson and given), a poltegiest defence (sol and linvoy = truck), a creative and strong midfield with pace, and some bargain strikers with talent and most have an eye for goal ... something we have been lacking in previous seasons. i cant see ashdown, griffin, duffy and mornar getting more than 5 appearances in the season (unless we have injuries/suspensions) so our squad depth could be further increased. i can see a nice little january transfer raid take place. i think we will try again for appiah but hopefully by then we will still be in "wigan" heaven (euro spot) so players will be more attracted to our club. saying that, by january id like to be able to see what the hell the club is doing as far as stadium/facilities, this must surely be our priority from now on. i heard a rumour that sacha wants to build a 60,000 (yes SIXTY THOUSAND) seater stadium, that would be awesome but does he hope to build it.... london?
pompey pessimist
mornar had a clause in his contract if we avoid relegation he gets another year because he knows if he gets realised he will be sitting at home by the phone for a long time he is delaying the inevitable having 1 more year before he is unemployed
retro hat
if you had bought all the players that you have loaned you would have had a half decent squad. maybe the loan players will produce and you will have the option to buy them
It seems to me quite rightly we have built from the back so im surprised griffin & O' brien are still here, I would have liked to see some qua;ity defensive cover. My French isnt that brilliant but a quick call to my son's home confirmes Doula, is a winger and rarely plays as an out & out striker. My concern regards loaning out Toddy is the continuity of the front 5, when Kanu gets an injury it tends to keep him out for a while, the same for Cole and the same has to be said for Lua Lua (although his periods of profligacy last season means he needed competition). It seems to me we with addition of Fernandes& Krancjar we will in about 8 weeks have the ability to score goals from anywhere and as Gray says "you dont stop teams like that". However neither of these players seems defensive in nature so i seee them playing with mendes and O'Neil. i think in the last thirteen league games we won 9, drew 2, lost 2 and excluding villa and west ham i dont think the other clubs have increased strength as we have, we need to firm up some of those loans though.
i thought we signed kranjcar for £3.5million and not on loan?!
pompey pessimist
I bet you all that Griffin doesn't start a game this season.....
Morning pessimist, i heard 40,000 as the current plan is not enough to keep the club solvent. & the rumour is somewhere in the farlington / portsdown area, there has finally been a tentative design discussion regards the training facilities. I agree with you about Appiah, but will a top 10 place satisfy our "loan rangers" not so sure.
Agreed stuart, Loans or buys? I thought Krunchy was a buy, Fernandes a loan (but with 1st op). Doula a loan. Cole a buy. Koroman a loan(but with 1st op), Johnson a loan & Griffin a mistake. Admin please clarify clarify Admin
morning russ, i think harry will wave the wand of magic (..i want one!) and convince loans that this club has gone from 17th to (say) 10th and therefore build on squad depth to push up for europe. of course, its upto them. can we say if we nick 7th spot we will be v happy. i see arsenal having a tougher season and spurs havnt had the best start, maybe we could be fighting with these clubs for that euro spot... of course we could lose our next 5 matches and contemplate relegation again lol. lets hope the team gels nice and quickly :)
pompey pessimist
all stories on newsnow state kranjcar was bought for £3.5mil russ :)
pompey pessimist
Delighted! As for the fees, if the 2 loans get made into perms, will not be shy of 20million, add in the money in january and we will have spent the best part of 40million in 8 months, incredible!!
skysports say kranjcar has signed a 4 year deal
retro hat
Sad to see Toddy go as he seemed to be getting back to hs best and was initially frustrated that, just as we seemed to be covered in all areas, Harry had weakened our striker position. However if Douala can play uo front, then overall I'm happy with the squad. Does anyone know any career stats for Douala? - starts/goals etc - I can't find anything.
i thought we bought krancjar?
In regards to Toddys loan, the code of not playing against your owner team is volountary, ironically following Lua Lua's goal against Newcastle and im sure we MUST have followed the code. Where he can do damage is given their finishing place last season Wigan must be seen as one of our contemporaries. Therefore if they win games through Toddys goals that I am sure will come then this can harm us. Cole is in the top 3 PL strikers list but is also one of one of the most in efficient strikers since the PL began, that said at Fulham & City he is regarded as hard working along the lines of Benjani. I understand Doula is an out and out lightning quick winger. I would suggest for stats just hit a portugese site, they mostly translate.
We've brought Kranjcar not loaned him..... It says on the official site that he's agreed a four your deal.
Hi... Niko has been bought, that is confirmed on ALL News now sites. Cole was also bought with a view to increased price if the appearances etc match up. Fernandez, Koroman and Duala are ALL Loans with 1st opt to buy. Glen is a loan but no talk of buying as Chelsea still say they want him, but who knows we may be able to prise him from their clutches lol
I thought so! Vital has got it wrong! i never thought i'd have 2 say that!
We did buy Niko. He has signed a 4 year deal. I think the squad looks good great. I'm supprised we haven't been able to buy more players but all of the loans except GJ have an option to buy. We still have plenty of money to spend in the January window but we need to maintain our good form until then in order to lure the big names in. Shame Toddy has gone. Personaly I would prefer Toddy to Andy Cole. With West Ham picking up the new signings, we should have made an offer of Marlon Harewood last night.
I'm happy with the three signings, even if they are on loan. thats business these days. I can't really see the sense in loaning Toddy out, especially to another premiership side? If we get a few injury hit players back and Mornar decides to turn up then we should have a half decent team. Farewell Toddy see you at Fratton in a week then....
The Rabbi
Yep cant see either Harewood or peg leg Ashton (less of an issue) being happy to sit on the bench. For the ist time i am intrested to see how Korroman, Krancjar and Doula play in their respective internationals this weekend.
Can't help feeling a litle sorry for Mornar. He's started only 4 games and 6 sub appearances. When he first joined us he showed promise but has never really been given a chance. He has quick feet for such a tall guy and the sight of him bearing down on you if you were a defender would frighten you to death.
Steve C
Mornar's not a bad player at all, just get the feeling that Arry doesn't rate him....consequently there's very little chance of him featuring unless there's a large spate of injuries or elbows to the face......
haha lets hope not
With money, you can certainly change the face of your club. Go go Pompey!
Enjoy it 3 months, you'll be mid-table.
mornar isnt wanted and demands too high a wage. we only use him in pre-season (where he scores) to make teams look at him in the hope someone can front us a little cash to buy him off us.
pompey pessimist
Afternoon Pessimist where do your info from.
I'm enjoying every minute USA, mid-table would still be a good finish so I'd take that if you don't mind...
A couple more arrivals may have seem the sqaud almost complete, but until January I think we have more than enough to cope. I'm no fan of Mornar, but he'll still be an option if we're that desperate. I was gutted when Toddy left, but he wants first team football, and we can't assure him that can we. We still have people like Songo'o, Griffin and Duffy we can turn to who I'm sure will do a job. The squad is looking good now isn't it...
Can't agree about Griffin I think he's a liability at the back, With GJ injured I can't help thinking we could've done with more defensive back up.
Steve C
LoL and the USA cant understand why most of the world hates em, Apart from some disturbing stories about Krunchy (need to watch how he goes in Croatia's match) the squad looks top ten now and will no doubt be re-inforced in Jan by the likes of Muntari. But pompeyrug was it a heavy one last night mate. I went to the pre -seasons and Duffy aint there yet (big potential though). Songo'o is a winger and very much has potential (links great with GJ) Griffin ..... well im amazed he's still here. SteveC i have been banging on about lack of defensive cover too much but now im glad to see im not alone. We have good quality most every where but when you build from the back as we rightly have im quite frankly amazed we didnt get cover. Unless TA knows something we all dont ? LoL maybe a come back is on the cards.
What disturbing stories about Krunchy russellm?
various web sites have had visits from HS fans and so we did some checking. Maybe/guessing from some of your postingsyou may be croatian so perhapse you can spread light. The comments are he has a good shot on him, can pass but he apparently is a bit lazy and refuses to tackle back and is frequently imobile, Krunchy's inclusion in the national team by his father was severly criticised by some of his contemporaries, croatian punduts and news papers ( i dont speak serbo croat so i asked a freind in AP to get it checked for me and he confirmed the stories). His father had a talk to him. He did not have a particularly good last season and can be tempremental. Having seen the youtube clips we are expecting great things & this weekend Croatia will have a few hundred more fans.
Yeah we called him a donut... but the true is that he was 20years old captain of the club team, son of the national coach and a creator in the national team... too much for him at that moment and beautiful for stupid newspapers... high skilled he was pushed to play in a role like Totti in Roma behind 2 attackers and so forced to driblle a lot. Now he plays left midfielder with total movement freedom and he plays really nice. Both offensive and defensive... more offensive :) ... reads the game perfectly.
aha so now we are getting somewhere why was he so disliked at HS, too much pressure or because of his dad ?
No, he was a favourite player in Split, really fans addored him, but the fans of Dinamo Zagreb were always very rude( understatement) to him when he played in Zagreb for Croatian national time(whitles and so on) ... They couldn t stand the fact that cthe captain of Dinamo,the best player went to biggest rivals, Hajduk Split. Because of that preasure he lost his place in startig 11 of the national time after the world cup when half the country blamed a 21 year old and his dad for our bad result and that is ridicilous to me( as i sad before, you can watch games against Japan and Brasil in Germany and then make up your mind is he a one to blame for a faillure of Croatian national team, the only game in which he hadnt played good in a a world cup was one against Australia).He may in fact start against Russia of the bench...But he will take part in that match, on or off the bench. Personally i think he was the victim of that transfer to Hajduk when every match for him in a national team started to be imposibble to bare...But now he came back from that crises and he is in fact playing better then ever...He is more offensive player, but he is very very strong in duel...Russellm dont be affraid, you have got an excellent player... I know you dont think much of croatian football in England, but in 5 games this season he scored 3 goals and had 4 assists in our league( Hajduk won every match) so i am sure Krunchy will force you to change your mind! A day before his trasfer to Pompey a general menager of Rennes flew to Split and offerd 3 mil for him and he said no. He wanted a better club and he thinks portsmouth is just what he wants.
hr_fan, its great that you come to our site. As for croatian football players, we dont know much except Boban, Boksic and Robert Prosnieck for me one of my all time Portsmouth heroes. Harry is good at dealing with temperamental players so we assume things will be ok. pompey fans are famous for the great support of our team. LoL we have a history of being patient with our hard working players, especially our striker Benjani who couldnt score for nearly a year. :- )
He was in fact the most favourite player in Hajduk Split s history.The fans pleaded him to stay but the challenge of the Premier league was to big to say No! The one who said to you that Hajduk fans hated him was probably a Dinamo Zagreb Fan.You cant imagine how much they hate him.
You dont know Šuker, Pršo, Jarni:)?
we were third in france 98,and you know only Boban, Boksic, Prosinecki. Shame on you:)) What about Slaven Bilic( West Ham UNITED, Everton, Stimac-Derby county, Biscan- liverpool:)) They all played 5 or 6 years ago in premiership( Biscan played 2 years ago). Mornar is from split also
It was probably my misunderstanding, of the computer translation. yep, apart from Prso ive never been to a match and seen the others play
Ok Croatia is a footballing great i surrender Lol :-) although Bisacan was rubbish, Bilic i liked but he was always getting the red card, Stimac (Igor wasnt it) at Derby well enough said. As for Mornar he doesnt get to play much here and we pay him an awful lot of money ;-( so much so he doesnt want to leave and nobody wants to take him. So i'll stick with the smoking drinking Prosinecki as my favourite thanks although id be delighted if Krunchy replaces him.
England beat Andorra (even less famous than Stimic) by 5 goals, what will your score against russia be
These problems with half of Cro publics and his litlle crises (Hajduk had a bad last season, lost a half of a team in the transfer period a year ago and changed 3 coaches during the season, so NK was just part of it) made that many transfer possibilities were lost for Krunchie - he was related with Juventus, Arsenal, Bayern, Lyon, Celtic, Celta... You got him in the best moment - in good form, not too expensive, just starting to explode as a high quality player... and girls like him
and I`m becoming a Pompey fan thanks to Krunchy
Pompey in Croatia, sounds good to me. Well my girl has done all the house keeping, painted the other bed room, and gone and got some wine so it is safe to leave the computer without the fear of being asked to do something.:-) Good luck for the game against Russia !!!
Maybe Krunchya was Milan Mandaric's parting gift for us - remember how he gifted us Prosinecki ? I'm glad he likes playing down the left because I think that will be his best position in our midfield of O'Neill, Fernandes, Mendes/Davis and Krunchie. By the way - who do you think Harry likes the most out of Mendes and Davis ????
StuartM your mid field selection is pretty much the same as mine and i have to say i would go for Mendes every time. Davis is a battler but i would use him when you need to close a game down, but to me it has to be Pedro every time. The goal threat from Pedro due ti his shot is as we have witnessed on at least three occasions quite ballistic.
Nk is an awesome player.I agree with HR, being a hajduk and craotia supporter myself I can say the people who slag him are generally dinamo supporters.Unreal hatred between those 2 sides. He is a Prosinecki type talent and the best is yet to come.It's great to have him out of the spotlight in croatia which would have destroyed many players.I expected him to leave much sooner but being a long time pompey supporter, since before prosineckis day even, I'm delighted he joined.Fate maybe.He should be a massive hit with the fans but I hope he doesn't go all out to win the fans by trying to prove too much early on, just let him settle a bit and he'll be the best creative player I'm sure.Can't wait to find out.
Thinking about it more - I think Harry prefers Mendes to Davis - that's why he extended Mendes contract recently. So we should see Mendes returning against Wigan - even though that midfield won 4-0 away ???
For me StuartM we pobably will see him at Wigan but depends how he picks up in training, apart from the physical blow, theres the mental side, apparently it takes a week or two of games to get pver that.
pompman i think your fellow pompeyfans have proved beyond doubt that as long as a player works hard they can be relied on to give a player time. They have proved it with Davis, and lets not forget Benjani. Even the Yak took time.
I'm not a massive fan of Griffin's but if we had to turn to him we could, as we could Duffy and Songo'o. I wouldn't want any to have to be regulars, maybe Duffy and Songo'o in time) but we'll have to utilise our squad and these are players we may have to turn to and why not...
Pompeyrug I think we have partly agreed and disagreed on this subject before. Duffy potential, Songo'o is clearly not defensive but he links up real well in front of Glen Johnson, for me it was one of very few plus points of the pre season games. Griffin hmmmm..well where do i start :-) personally, I, moi, ich, this is me not talking for anybody else but in my worthless opinion Griffin is a Geordie reject catastrophy on legs, useless last season, useless pre -season. I have no idea why he is still here. And i dont know how we can turn to him for anything other than when the hot dog ladies have a cataclysmic spate of injuries in the refreshment team, and even then!! even then!! we have plenty of burger vans out side... just my personal thoughts... not that i dont think he's good enough or anything.
Griff might not be the most naturally talented player in the world, but he generally puts the effort in at least...not much room for him now that the squads moved up a level though.
yep Taqntona i think we've gone past the days of admiring running for the sake of running. LoL especially when its mostly after the opponent to whome you've just passed the ball.... ouch ******y russ.

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