Date: 26th August 2007 at 12:14pm
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There has been so much talk and ‘gossip’ that David Nugent could leave Pompey – with some even saying that they would want him sold!

Harry Redknapp has confirmed on the Pompey Site that Derby do want him but he says he is going nowhere ‘Derby do want to sign David Nugent, I think that is a fairly well known fact. But he’s only just joined us and I’m happy to keep him here.

‘He’s a young player and obviously he wants to play but at the moment Kanu’s playing absolutely brilliant, Utaka’s a threat and Benjani’s done well, so David’s going to have to be patient’.

Nugent is going to be a star, of that I have no doubt at all, so with him only in his early 20’s he has many, many years ahead of him so the thought that he might be sold already is just ridiculous. Ideas that we should sell him ludicrous!

Competition for places at Pompey is good and will only benefit the side, so when Nugent gets back in he will have to take his chance – this does not necessarily mean he has to score – which if he plays well he will stay in the team, the same rules apply to everyone.

We all know how highly Redknapp rates Kanu and the fella has been, like Redknapp says ‘absolutely brilliant’ the last couple of games, so how could he be left out.

Nugent has the best movement that I have seen for a long time, movement that I have not seen many possess – particularly in a Pompey shirt for sometime, but people like Kanu can teach him so much more, so simply watching him from the bench will help him, as will training with him.

My thinking has been that Nugent has simply been trying too hard, although he was not ‘dropped’ for the Bolton game as the media claimed, it was simply a case of Redknapp trying a different option, with the option paying off so he could not alter it.

With Leeds at Fratton in the league cup this week I think it is the perfect opportunity for Nugent to start again, which I think he will, so although the pressure is not on him to score if he goes out simply to enjoy the game, without forcing it I think we will see a fine performance from him and quite possible a goal or two.

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