Nugent has chance to impress
Portsmouth striker David Nugent hopes to capitalise on the departure of players to the African Cup of Nations.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 12/01/08 2:55pm
Portsmouth striker David Nugent hopes to capitalise on the club being without key players during the African Cup of Nations.
The 22-year-old joined Pompey last summer and has struggled to cement a first-team place in Harry Redknapp's plans.
Among the players competing in the Cup in Ghana are Kanu, John Utaka, Sulley Muntari and Papa Bouba Diop.
With Nugent and Benjani Mwaruwari the only first team strikers remaining, the former Preston man has his chance to impress.
He looks set to play some part against Sunderland on Sunday, one of the sides who were competing for his £6million signature in the summer.
Now he is looking forward to proving his worth to Harry Redknapp - who today pledged his future to the club despite interest from Newcastle.
"With two strikers now gone away I'll hopefully get more chance to prove a few points to the people who have doubted me," Nugent said.
"I haven't really had a real opportunity yet to show what I can do in the Premier League. So I don't know how anyone can say I am not up to it.
"Harry sold the club to me in talks we had and so it is fair to say that I came here because of him.
"But after two games of the season he changed the formation of the team, played just one up front and I was the one to go.
"I've worked hard with my training after the manager said it was a problem and wasn't helping me.
"He's entitled to say that but now I've been staying behind afterwards to do some extra work and I'm feeling the benefit."