Pompey Bring In Bennett

Last updated : 21 May 2015 By Jim Bonner

Kyle Bennett has become Portsmouth's first new signing under the Paul Cook regime after arriving on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers.

The 24-year-old has signed a two-year-deal and is likely to play most of his football on the wing, taking on defenders with his pace. He has played at Championship level and also has an eye for goal and so on the face of it, he should be a good signing.

However, it does seem that some Pompey fans seem to be getting carried away with this signing. He may perform exceptionally well at League Two level but at the same time he could be another Andy Barcham and be completely underwhelming.

We haven't seen enough of him to make a proper judgement yet and Doncaster fans' views on his exit are mixed, although the negative comments seem to be tinged with bitterness.

Alas, Bennett's wikipedia entry already states "Kyle Bennett (born 9 September 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a Judas for Portsmouth." whilst Paul Dickov was very angered at the move after he supposedly agreed a new deal at Doncaster. Anything that annoys that little irritant can only be a good thing in the eyes of Pompey fans.

Hopefully Kyle can entertain the Pompey fans as he claims and be a part of a successful team. Paul Cook looks to be continuing his recruitment drive from Doncaster with left back Enda Stevens on his radar.

The 24-year-old Irishman is a left back whose contract with parent club Aston Villa expires in the summer. Given his impressive reviews from those who've watched him, it would seem that he would also be a shrewd signing from the new manager.

Caution is stll advised, however, as Cook can't be hailed as a "messiah" without having managed a single game for his new club and his signings can't be deemed as "amazing" until we've seen them play.