Adams reassures Nugent
Tony Adams insists that Jermaine Pennant's signing does not spell the end of David Nugent's run in the side.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 22/01/09 1:43pm
Portsmouth manager Tony Adams insists that the signing of Jermaine Pennant does not necessarily spell the end of David Nugent''s run in the side.
Nugent has enjoyed his longest run in the Pompey team, albeit out of position on the right-hand side, since he joined the club in July 2007 for £6million.
Despite making a name for himself as a striker the 23-year-old has performed admirably in his new position.
But with Adams completing the signing of Pennant from Liverpool on loan it seems Nugent could yet again find himself on the bench for this weekend's FA Cup tie at home to Championship side Swansea.
But the former Arsenal skipper was quick to reassure Nugent, who scored his first Premier League goal for the club against Tottenham on Sunday.
"He''s taken his opportunity with both hands and I hope there are more goals to come from him," he told The News.
"He is playing as a third striker, rather than a right midfielder because that is not really his position.
"But he certainly goes back, tracks runners and works defensively hard for the team. He is doing a really good job for us."
With Adams now having options down the right-hand side with players returning from injury the former Preston ace could find it easier to retain his place in the starting XI as a striker.
For that to happen the Pompey boss would have to switch from his preferred 4-5-1 formation and partner Nugent alongside Peter Crouch in attack.
"On the right, we've got John Utaka, Glen Little and David has been playing there," Adams added.
"We've got players who can do good jobs."