Nugent Completes Foxes Switch

Last updated : 05 July 2011 By Jim Bonner

David Nugent has joined Championship promotion favourites Leicester City on a three-year-deal.

Pompey's top scorer last season was out of contract and Steve Cotterill was predictably unsuccessful in convincing him to stay at Fratton Park.

The news that Nuge has gone should come as no surprise given that he is held in high regard by many managers in the game (although Harry Redknapp clearly isn't one of them) but I'm surprised that one of the teams that were promoted to the Premier League haven't taken a punt on him seeing as they wouldn't have had to pay us a penny in transfer fees.

I've heard a fair few Pompey fans say that we won't miss Nugent but replacing someone who scored 14 goals last season, often when playing in a wide position, is not going to be easy.

Whilst he may have gone missing in more than a few games last season, he was the only player in our squad capable of scoring a goal from nothing whether it was an instinctive volley or a narrow angled strike into the top corner of the net.

Nuge also had a nuisance value about him when running around like a headless chicken. It can't be argued that he never gave 100% effort in the vast majority of games he played for us unlike some of our other performers last season.

I'll wish Dave well as he leaves for Sven's men. He may not have  represented value for money when he joined Pompey for £6 million back in 2007 but he did score some crucial goals for us last season in a league where he is more suited to playing.

What's the odds on him scoring against us for our bogey team now? You'd bet your life on it, wouldn't you?