Pavel Pogrebnyak. Yay or nay?
Much like the Kyle Naughton rumours, when a player is linked to us more than once and in different places, my mind tells me there MUST be some more truth in it. Twisted logic, and more than likely nonsense but there we are.
Anyway on to the latest rumour, and after a quiet few days we’ve been linked once again with ex Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. We were linked to him previously back in March along with Andy Johnson and here’s what we had to say on the matter back then:
Even though he went a bit quiet during the last part of the season after an ankle injury, by and large he enjoyed a hugely successful time in England, and looks like he could do a job on a consistent basis in the Premiership. He got off to an electric start, scoring five goals in three games including a perfect hat-trick. As mentioned after that things went a bit quieter for the player and after only scoring one in nine he finished his time at Fulham with a respectable record of 6 goals in 12 games.
If he’s available on a free then I’d prefer to look at someone like Pogrebnyak than fork out £4 or £5 million for someone like Grant Holt, especially considering our Russian friend is a few years younger than the Norwich striker. While not as physical or as good in the air as Holt, he still has a bit of a presence about him, and could potentially work well with any of the strikers we currently have at the club. Bringing him in would allow us to spend more to strengthen other areas of more pressing needs, and he’s got the ability to make an impact.
His Russian side have just crashed out of the Euros so if there is any truth in the story then things might happen sooner rather than later. I’d guess that Fulham are still favourites but I hope that we’re more of an attractive proposition than Reading, the other team mentioned in the Daily Mail piece. The player himself has spoken, and reaffirmed his desire to stay in the Premier League:
‘After three or four months, I feel that I have found my place in England and I want to play in this league. I feel great desire and strength inside me and my age will not work against me.’
‘We couldn’t agree anything with Fulham so far but I hope everything will be all right.’
‘If I don’t play for Fulham I hope to find another.’
So over to you, would you like to see Pogrebnyak at Villa Park, or would you prefer us to bring in another striker?