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Steve Cotterill has been after a striker for a while now, and this could drag on and on and ultimately end up short of strikers come end August; typical Pompey! However, until then, Portsmouth have to rely on Kitson and Kanu, as their recognised strikers.

Danny Webber was expected to be fit and running this campaign, but to the surprise of many, he was released. Thus, we urgently need a striker who can do a job for the time being.

One name comes to my mind that fits the bill; Benjani.

The famous forward, who scored around 20 goals in his time at Portsmouth, is currently without a club and is training with non-league Stockport County (who?), will surely bite Cotterill's hand if he had to offer him a contract, perhaps a short month contract, similar to Chris Dailly's.

Despite losing his form in recent seasons, Benjani could be a great acquisition to a light squad, needing depth in attack. I am sure he is up to a new challenge, even if in a lower league than the Premiership.

If Benjani is on the verge of playing a competitive match for Stockport, then he is ready to play in the Championship. I urge Steve Cotterill to grab this unique opportunity and sign Benjani. Mwaruwari loves Portsmouth and has been a hit at Fratton Park.

So why not give him a run out and see how far it goes? There is no harm in having him around until we find another striker, and if he proves he is good enough, we can even keep him here.

Why not?

Written by Pompey Malta.

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    Writer: Pompey Malta Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday August 8 2011

    Time: 8:38PM

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    Too young
    pompeyhussler
    I suspect his demands might be outside of what we would typically pay under our new (rightly imposed) wage structure...if we could afford him I'm sure a match-fit injury free Benjani would still have plenty to offer
    Tantona
    Tantona, I think Benjani himself knows that he has no chance of getting the wages he once had!
    Pompey Malta
    I think Cotterill would have been aware of him so probably doesn't rate him or his wage demands are too high. I just hope we can get a goal scorer in ASAP. Pup!
    moley2
    i hope we can get any players in with lawernce benhaim and herminator being called up for international friendlies on wednesday.. . . .
    pompeyhussler
    At Stockport with no club; he'll have to except he'll be on a lower wage packet! But SC seems to have tunnel vision on players that HE wants!
    PompNut
    i'd love to see benjani at fortress fratton and sc should certainly have a chat with him to see if he can get him on wqages that we can afford. i think a fit benjani would do very well in the championship
    pompey4ever
    PompeyNut, of course SC has tunnel vision when it comes to the players he wants, he's the manager. People will always have different views on players (and managers for that matter) , that's what makes the game so great but if you employ a manager you have to go along with his judgement. Time will tell if SC is right but he has to be given the chance to create the team he wants.
    Exgaffer
    Was there not a dispute with monies owed by Benjani to the club.? I dont recall it being solved so there may be some bad blood spilled that prevents him signing, on the other hand, if he does still owe the club money cant it be deducted from any contract given ?.
    JASON R
    Benji had a lot of injury issues.
    russellm
    Exgaffer, I think the point nut was making is Potty Cotty can't expand his horizons on occasion example Patterson. Pattersons club has said no 3 times, the player has made no comment about interest, he didn't slap in a transfer request - quite the opposite- he signed a two year extension. Cottas gone from 900k to 2.5m and all this for an injury prone player..... I think we all understood what nut was referring to.
    russellm
    Maybe a pay-as-you-play deal would go be the way to go about it. What harm could it do, we need a striker, he is a striker, he needs a club. Maybe it's not that simple, but gotta be worth a punt.
    PompeyFrippy
    PompeyFrippy, you summarized my whole article. That's how I see. We need him in, and fast. Start with one month contract and then we see!
    Pompey Malta
    Is it Benjani the folklore player you want from some seasons ago or the past it player no longer good enough for anyone it seems, lets move on!
    jimsmithswig
    I'd welcome giving Benji a trial, but I'm sure SC is aware of him. Dailly turned up out of the blue and I am happy to trust the manager to get the few more that we need.
    wellyit
    We all loved Benji, but look how long it took for him last time, now he's aged. Katuta loan from Chelsea as others have said would be nice,& poacher, finisher is what we need, sorry but remember Benji for the good times, & that big smile for you,& you,& You.
    pompeyyong
    I think if he owed the club any money, that club no longer exists and would have been written off.. Benji is a fired gun..and i am not convinced he has any amo left. Lua Lua on the other hand may.. On some of news site articles folks are talking about a young ausssie player who can score goals being released by Sunderland
    plymouth graham
    I think if he owed the club any money, that club no longer exists and would have been written off.. Benji is a fired gun..and i am not convinced he has any amo left. Lua Lua on the other hand may.. On some of news site articles folks are talking about a young ausssie player who can score goals being released by Sunderland
    plymouth graham
    Been here before with Benji....No thanks! wasn't much kop 1st time around, older and slower. Missed more chances than Nugent! Waste of space!!
    pentonpompey
    end of the day we can't really afford to be too picky at the mo and benji is free and i still think he could do well in the championship. if we could get kakuta on loan too that would be fantastic as we need a few more attacking players
    pompey4ever
    We simply cannot wait for Kitson and Kanu to do something!
    Pompey Malta
    Kitson???.....Useless! Kanu???....WHY?? just why? He's the football equivalent of corked wine, it was good in its day; but now only fit for the bin!
    pentonpompey
     

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