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Aubey arrives on loan

Aubey arrives on loan

There had been thoughts that Pompey would complete another signing by the weekend and so we have, with the arrival of Lucien Aubey from Lens. He has signed on loan for the rest of the current season, and there is a possible permanent deal in the offing according to the Pompey Site.

The 23 year old former French U21 international can play as a left back and a left sided central defender so can put pressure on others at left back and could act as the much needed cover for Sol Campbell, and a lesser extent Sylvain Distin - I say lesser extent as I do not feel that he needs covering as much as Campbell - who I do feel will benefit more from the 'occasional' rest.

Harry Redknapp was pleased with another capture: 'he is big, strong and quick. I watched him several times.

'He can play left back, down the left side and centre half. I thought he would be an interesting loan'.

He probably is not the name that most were expecting, or had even hoped for but it is another signing nonetheless. I would not have thought that he would be available this weekend however.

We have now signed a midfielder and a defender - hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can secure the services of this goalscoring striker that we clearly need, we could not manage this in the summer but hopefully we can in this transfer window. Also a right sided midfielder would be nice...


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Date:Friday January 18 2008
Time: 1:16PM


Lucifer Aubey.. So there was another one for this Friday press conference after all ... Well done Eastneydave your prediction was correct - Obviously as he's a left sided player he was what Uncle Harry was waiting for before he released Matty Taylor to Bolton... I wonder if he'll go straight in at left back tomorrow in place of either Noe or Hermann .. could be a interesting game with so many new signings on the pitch .. Derby have four (I think)
18/01/2008 13:29:00
no need for him in my view, diarra can play rb, so can lauren, noe and hernan can play leftback, then we have cranie coming back, aswell as linvoy, pointless.
18/01/2008 13:32:00
im not sure his international clearance is completely secured yet tho mate - so dont think he could play, even if we wanted him to? good back up for sol - and distin - and will put pressure on hermann... hermann has been 'ok' but ive still not been fully convinced by him, so this will be good pressure for him, altho i think he will get this slot... yep well done dave - spot on, ye of little faith eh!
18/01/2008 13:35:00
sorry gleams... but i wouldnt be playing diarra at RB. Good signing, if he performs, i'd love to see harry sign him at the end of the season. Hmmmm now for Guiza!
18/01/2008 13:36:00
he'll be worth it when he plays - and so long as a striker arrives this month we'll all be happy...
18/01/2008 13:37:00
Right sided player no problem, give Routledge another go, he needs a chance and tie him to a short deal with a view to a contract if he impresses, but he is no worse than O,Neill was and Utaka is.
18/01/2008 13:40:00
The official website makes Aubey sound really good and I don't suppose you play that many games in the French league, particularly at the top of the league without being half decent. Lets hope he turns out to be good and gives us the best defence in the Premiership. Apart from a couple of strikers, we are a seriously good team! Could even give Derby a run for their money this weekend!
18/01/2008 13:41:00
I got a prediction correct!! Well as I said it was a little birdie but I am impressed you all believed me and stuck with it all week. Can we start a 'I love Lucy' Club now lol. Sorry some of you will not understand that and the others will comment accordingly no doubt.
18/01/2008 13:42:00
Gleamer - Pointless ? Diarra will need to play in the middle otherwise he'll squinny, Noe, Lauren and Hermann are all 'make do' players at best (and always have been since joining Pompey) - Cranie & Linvoy are long term sick ... We are desperate for cover at the back and going on the Sunderland performance Sol is in need of a rest and Hermann just aint up to it .. This guy can cover both positions and as it's a loan deal there's no threat to either Cranie or Linvoy... "No need for him ?"... Plenty of need for him I'd say .. but hey we'll see..
18/01/2008 13:54:00
Couple of thoughts on this. First is that (assuming Campbell, Johnson, Distin & Aubey as the back four), we now have a bona fide set of 2 capped French international defenders and two English. Second thought is that the more you think about it, the more it seems Harry's is trying to base his new improved pompey upon the Aresenal (Wenger) model. I think we ought to be pretty excited about the prospects of both.
18/01/2008 14:14:00
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