Akos Buzsaky has been backed to rip up League One after completing his move to Pompey.
Michael Appleton yesterday pulled off a coup by landing the mercurial Hungarian on a month-long deal ahead of the trip to Yeovil tonight.
The move is a huge fillip for Pompey going into the game at Huish Park, with Buzsaky playing Premier League football for QPR last season.
The 30-year-old is expected to feature tonight as he goes straight into Pompey’s squad for the game.
But Appleton felt it was too early to expect a start from the attacking midfielder at Yeovil, with Buzsaky still searching for match fitness after linking up with Pompey only last week.
‘Akos just wants to come here and play games,’ said Appleton.
‘He’s desperate to play football.
‘He’s not fit yet, but even in training so far you can see what quality he has.’
Appleton is still working under Football League constraints, as he operates with a 20-man squad limit.
But he is delighted to have given Buzsaky the final playing berth he had available.
And Buzsaky’s fellow countryman, Gabor Gyepes, has little doubt of the impact the former Rs midfielder will make in England’s third tier.
Gyepes said: ‘It’s nice for Akos to sign for Portsmouth.
‘It’s a big boost for the team. He is a different-class player.
‘Akos is not a League One player – he is a Premier League-quality player.
‘He has trained with us for a few days and he has already shown everybody that he is a different-class player.
‘It’s really good to sign him because we don’t have too many players like him, who can create chances and score goals.
‘A player like Akos can play at a higher level but he will be excellent in League One.
‘He needs to play football and wants to play football.
‘He knows the people here, people at the training ground and the people who work for the club.
‘So he knows it’s a really good place to play football.’
Pompey go in search of their first back-to-back league wins of the season as they travel to Yeovil.
The challenge for Appleton’s men is to use the confidence-boosting weekend success over Scunthorpe as a platform to do that against the Glovers.
The Blues will be taking on a side with brittle confidence after losing five games on the bounce.
And Gyepes believes Pompey have enough attacking threat to cause Gary Johnson’s men problems.
He said: ‘It could be a really good week for us.
‘The game is coming quickly after Scunthorpe.
‘We have three games in a week and can get some good points.
‘We always play football and will go there to do the same.
‘We create chances and goals are there for us.
‘Now we have two away games to do that and get some wins.’