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A Free-Agent Walking Down the Street

A Free-Agent Walking Down the Street
As the new npower Championship season gets closer and closer, Portsmouth's team still lack numbers. We have a team made up of 'youngsters' and other seniors, who are expected to move on in the coming weeks (at least some of them).

David Lampitt and Steve Cotterill have been looking at free agents, loanees and others who are willing to come in for cheap. Makes sense, considering the club's financial constraints. Up till now, we have signed up Sonko, on loan, and offered contracts to Ashdown and Jordan, both without a club. And both are expected to bite off Lampitt's hand and take their chance, no matter what financial mess we're in.

But there is another free-agent who is also willing to bite off the hand of anyone who is ready to offer him a contract. A very familiar face; Benjani Mwaruwari. Benjani, after being told that his Manchester City contract will not be renewed and Sunderland has not shown any interest in him after his unsuccessful spell at the end of last season (8 appearances and no goals), he remains walking around looking for a possible club to play for.

Benjani has his heart at Portsmouth. No doubt. He was never as successful as when he played for Pompey between 2006-2008, making 70 appearances and scoring 19 goals. He was later shown the back door by then manager Redknapp, as we all know. It looked good for some, but ultimately we all came to understand that Benjani would have stayed here in every situation, unlike Defoe.

People may argue that the attacker is tiring. He is on the wrong side of 30, but he has a lot to offer, especially in the (no)power Championship. I am sure that Benjani's agent is not as Boateng's, and he could understand the club's financial issues.

If Portsmouth can sign Benjani, he will offer a lot. He is a strong player who knows where the goal is. He is a player that both Nugent and Smith (assuming they will stay) will need to help them upfront. I am very sure that he will give us more than Kanu (with all due respect to the King).

Benjani hasn't scored for a long time, and he will be looking forward to play and score, no matter where and how. And if we can offer him a one-year contract, no-one will lose. We haven't got too much to offer, but we can benefit from what he still has to offer. Every little helps. Beggars can't be choosers, right? If this move had to happen, we will see a face that made us shed tears for the right reasons. And we haven't done that for a while.

Written by Pompey Malta.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday August 1 2010
Time: 1:06PM

Comments

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I would love to see him back here Rug, but would he be prepared to return under our current financial constraints? Is his love of the club and the promise of regualr first team starts enough?
Tantona
01/08/2010 13:44:00
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Sorry, reply to Pompey Malta!
Tantona
01/08/2010 13:44:00
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i would have him back in a shot, he was pompey through and through. i guess that the mega rich manchester united never had to pay us the rest of his fee as they let him go before he played the required number of matches. how can that be fair. play up pompey
pompeygriff
01/08/2010 13:48:00
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whoops that should read manchester city.
pompeygriff
01/08/2010 13:49:00
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Do you think this could actually happen though? SC has constanly been saying that he doesnt think there are any good free agents in the market anymore..... I wonder if Benji still has his house in the new forest?...
pompeybakers
01/08/2010 14:12:00
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Do you think this could actually happen though? SC has constanly been saying that he doesnt think there are any good free agents in the market anymore..... I wonder if Benji still has his house in the new forest?...
pompeybakers
01/08/2010 14:14:00
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Tantona, as I said in the article I do not think that money matters at this stage of Benjani's career. He will be looking to end his career on a high, which means playing football. I also think that he will find his place in our current squad. We only have half decent attackers in Smith and Nugent. Webber is not fit and Kanu soon celebrates his 50th birthday.
Pompey Malta
01/08/2010 15:22:00
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griff that was a matserpiece from Harry and Storrie. They got rid of him when he was giving us the best season ever! It was purely insane. But 'Arry wanted names, and he worked hard to get rid of some our stars; Benjani and Taylor as an example!
Pompey Malta
01/08/2010 15:24:00
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I can see Cotterill signing him. We just signed Sonko. Sonko was in a very similar situation as Benji's. He will either come good or fall out of favour. He had nothing to lose, and us, as a club cannot do much. In my opinion, signing Benjani is a well-worth taken risk.
Pompey Malta
01/08/2010 15:26:00
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I agree with malta, when Benji was traded for Defoe and Taylor pushed out for Diarra and Crouch etc. that was the turning point for Pompey, gone where players who loved playing for the club, in were merceneraries, Diarra was class, but even he admitted we were a stepping stone, about the time we went bust I suppose!
paultsmouth
01/08/2010 16:13:00
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