Gekas must be patient
Greek star still waiting on Pompey debut
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: February 26, 2009 3:26pm
Gekas: Goal threat
Portsmouth coach Guy Whittingham has assured Theofanis Gekas that he will get his chance to shine.
The Greece international joined Pompey in a loan deal from German outfit Bayer Leverkusen during the January transfer window, following in the footsteps of his countryman Angelos Basinas.
However, while Basinas has started every game since his move, Gekas has been left kicking his heels on the sidelines.
That may be all about to change, though, as Whittingham believes a number of recent eye-catching displays in training will see him drafted into the fold in the not too distant future.
"Theo hasn't had a chance yet, but I think it's mainly down to the system we're playing," Whittingham told The News.
"He is very much a goalscorer, who looks to get beyond people. But the system we are playing with one man up front, we need someone up there who can bring other people into the game.
"He would need to play up front with Peter Crouch or Kanu. Him and David Nugent are the type of players who look to get in behind defences.
"Nuge will do a lot of running around the pitch, he will chase defenders and work so hard for the team.
"But Gekas will just look to goal-hang - for want of a better phrase.
"He will work hard for the side as well, but with a player like that, you want him to expend his energy in the right areas and do what he does best.
"But between now and the end of the season, I think all of the squad will be involved somewhere along the line."