Appleton insists he has transfer market experience

New Pompey boss Michael Appleton
New Pompey boss Michael Appleton
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Michael Appleton has backed himself to bring in the players to improve Pompey.

The Blues boss will dip into the transfer market this week.

He has targeted up to three emergency loan signings before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

It will be the first time the fledgling manager has been called upon to recruit.

But Appleton insists he does have experience in that aspect of the game.

Before his Fratton Park arrival, he served as Roy Hodgson’s number two at West Brom.

It was a position which involved recruitment.

And he believes that can stand him in good stead as he prepares to bring players into Pompey.

He added: ‘Working with Roy (Hodgson) as an assistant, I was involved in that side of it.

‘You get to go and watch players and choose players and give your opinion on players.

‘The buck stops with me now – but that is when you have got to back yourself.

‘It is down to me to bring the right players in.

‘At the end of the day, the players are the ones that win you games.

‘You can talk about tactics until you are blue in the face, but as individuals they must stick to what they are good at and be brave enough.

‘They are the ones that will win you games.

‘There is a list of players but you can have a list as long as your arm.

‘There are all sorts of things that need to happen.

‘It’s not just a matter of you being interested in a player and liking a player.

‘There are a lot of logistics that needs to go into it.’

There are no restrictions on the number of emergency loans.

Manchester City’s Abdul Razak is the sole Pompey loanee at present following the return of Bjorn Helge Riise to Fulham last week.