Traore willing to wait
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Djimi Traore has vowed to be patient as he bids to force his way into Harry Redknapp's plans at Portsmouth.
Since arriving at Fratton Park from Charlton the big defender has featured in just eight games, with Portsmouth's fine form prior to his signing in January seeing several of his team-mates establish themselves as regulars.
A bit-part role is something to which Traore grew accustomed to during his time at Liverpool earlier in his career, with a seven-year stay on Merseyside accruing an average of ten Premiership starts per season.
While he is far from content to remain on the periphery of the action, he is though willing to bide his time in a quest to win his manager's trust.
"I have to be patient, I realise that," Traore told The News. "It's not easy, I've been in that situation in the past, just waiting to play when I get my chance.
"But if you work hard it can all change. It's difficult when you come in the middle of the season and the team have done very well.
"I have no right to suddenly play - I have to wait. It is up to me to work hard and show the manager I can be in the team.
"It's what I try to do all the time. I want him to know he can rely on me. When I was at Liverpool it wasn't like we had 16 players.
"There were 20 all wanting to play. When you play in the big competitions you need a big squad.
"You need more than 20 players and I think that's what Portsmouth are trying to do.
"I'm part of the squad trying to play but it's football and I like it that way.
"I enjoy that kind of challenge, it means I need to show what I can do. It keeps me on my toes."