Taylor praises new arrivals
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matthew Taylor believes Portsmouth's new stars will help them stay up.Portsmouth defender Matthew Taylor has shrugged off suggestions that the army of new arrivals at Fratton Park could unsettle things at the club.
Tottenham trio Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Pamarot, as well as Benjani and Emmanuel Olisadebe, have arrived in recent weeks to help Pompey in their bid for survival.
Manager Harry Redknapp is eager to bring in even more new additions before the end of the transfer window, and Taylor insists it will provide healthy competition for places.
"It doesn't worry me at all. It can only be a good thing," the 24-year-old told The Independent.
"It keeps everyone on their toes and I imagine everyone feels like that. There can't be any negativity.
"This is the best league in the world and that's why we want to stay in it. You can see that from the signings we are making."
Taylor also paid tribute to Redknapp, who returned to Portsmouth at the end of last year after a spell at South Coast rivals Southampton.
"The main thing is that we've got the right manager. Harry's a very likeable manager and everyone wants to play well for him.
"He's the most successful manager in the club's recent history and him coming back is a positive thing.
"You can't put your finger on it but he gets the best out of people and that's why I think we'll be fine this year."
Taylor, who has been mentioned as somebody who might have to be sold in order for the new players to be accommodated, believes that the key to Portsmouth's success will be their home form, which has improved since Redknapp regained the reins.
"I'm sure teams don't like playing there. It's a smaller pitch, the fans are close and you can hear things being shouted at you."