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Pompey boys - David Nugent

The sixth signing of the summer came on 11th July when David Nugent signed for Pompey for a fee thought to be 6m, later revealed to be 4.5m - but it could rise to 5.7m. He signed the same day as John Utaka, with both players unveiled at a Pompey press conference.

Nugent's early days saw him at Bury, with his debut coming as a 16 year old - and even though his career did not start that brightly it was not long before the 'bigger clubs' were sniffing around.

Bury were able to hold onto him until January '05, but after several clubs made moves for him, Preston won the battle for a mere 100,000 to see him try himself at Championship level.

In his first full season with Preston he helped the club to the play off's, but after promotion was not achieved it was expected that he would leave. However he stayed for another season, but when Preston again missed out on promotion, narrowly missed out on the play off's, having won his first England cap he decided the time was right for him to move on to challenge himself yet further.

Initially it looked as though Harry Redknapp was against his signing, saying 'it was too much of a gamble' as he continued to play it down. When Pompey did officially enter the race it looked as though Sunderland would be victorious, but as they tired of waiting for an answer they withdrew the offer - Pompey pounced and got their man, with Everton nowhere to be seen.

Nugent is more than just a goalscorer, he will also create openings for others but will get his share, with some likely to be crackers. He almost certainly will not get the 20 goals many will be expecting, with goals just into double figures a more realistic target, which should be the aim - and is.

Despite his Merseyside upbringing - which saw him on the books of Liverpool when he was a junior, he was released with him said to be 'not good enough' - he would have qualified for the Republic of Ireland, but chose England and will be hoping to add to his substitute appearance that has yielded his only cap to date, along with a goal, in the coming season and years with Pompey.

He has a lot of promise and so long as the fans are patient with him we will see this fully recognised and more.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 2 2007

Time: 8:12AM

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Great player! hope he does well for you and hope we got some sort of sell-on clause in the deal.
it may have only been newport last night but it was good to see him open his account with a couple of goals - he should have got a hat trick at least tho tbh... i am sure that he will do well and so long as he gets into double figures it will prove a very successful season for him, as he will set up goals at least approaching double figures too...
generally ai agree rug, but it needs to be high double figures say 16 and not 10. The Bournemouth game will no doubt boost his confidence and for me that seemed to be a bit of the problem the times i have seen him play, he will also as you say set up chances for his team mates. The other good news for DN is that first game is against derby and he wont fear them at all and will expect to score. Even more good news for him is that LuaLua has finally publically accepted responsibility for his performances last season and seems to have taken on board peoples criticism. I have even seen him (LL) make at least 7 passes this pre season and some even reached the intended recipient. Good for LL though and it does seem that he will be with us this coming season.
We need Lua Lua. His trickery is legendary. He is better playing for 'ye than agen ye' as a great scot recently reminded me...sorry lads but that is my Glasweigan girlfriend.
i could see 3 maybe 4 of our forwards getting into double figures this season tbh - and this includes lua, who your great scot of a girlfriend is prob right about pompeygray...
she being pompeysporan?
well, i dont want to put any prssur on the lad - i would be pleased with 12 goals from him, if he set up as many. the samwe number of goals form lualua, benji, kanu, and utaka, and a good amont from taylor (and hopefull o'neil this season) would make me really pleased, and would be really useful.
David Nugent will be fine, he worked hard over in Hong Kong and impressed us all. All he needs is the opportunity to play, and for the players to create chances for him. He is like Quinny and Corporal Punishment, not the most gifted but he will get goals.
Giove him time to adapt, learn the difference between week to week prem games & he'll be fine. Don't expect 20 goals. anything close to 10 & he will have done very well.

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