Whittingham backs new French capture to impress

Guy Whittingham has backed new French midfielder Romain Padovani to impress next season  Picture: Joe Pepler
Guy Whittingham has backed new French midfielder Romain Padovani to impress next season Picture: Joe Pepler
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Guy Whittingham is convinced his French unknown can make a Pompey impact.

Romain Padovani yesterday arrived at Fratton Park on a two-year deal.

His contract at Monaco ends this summer, enabling the Blues to take him on a free transfer with no need for compensation.

The 23-year-old is a central midfielder who impressed on trial at Fratton Park towards the end of the season.

Now he has become the fourth player in a week to commit themselves to Pompey, alongside Sonny Bradley, Danny East and Yassin Moutaouakil.

And Whittingham believes Padovani can make an impression.

He said: ‘Romain is primarily a sitting midfielder, but he’s energetic and gets box-to-box, for sure.

‘He’s got something about him and we believe he can do well at this football club.

‘The lad has gone from the French Riviera to the English one. Minus the palm trees, of course!

‘We have told him how nice Sandbanks is with all the beaches down there so he’s happy!

‘He’s got something about him and it’s great to get him signed up – and he’s the right age.

‘We are trying to build a squad here that will help us get back into League One and then, who knows?

‘You look at your Norwichs and them down the road and once you go on a run and get a good squad together, if you can keep the majority together you can go on again.

‘It is going to be hard in our first season because there are going to be restrictions on our budget and stuff like that.

‘But it doesn’t stop us from trying.’

Yesterday’s quartet have joined Patrick Agyemang and Phil Smith in penning Fratton Park deals.