Appy: Striker will add attacking muscle

Wes Thomas has joined on a month's loan deal
Wes Thomas has joined on a month's loan deal
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett Picture: Joe Pepler

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Wes Thomas has been backed to add the physical presence Pompey’s front line is missing.

Michael Appleton yesterday completed a deal for the striker to arrive on a month’s loan from Bournemouth.

But efforts to land former QPR midfielder Akos Buzsaky are continuing for the Blues.

Appleton has launched an audacious bid to bring in the Hungarian playmaker, who is training with the Blues along with Luis Boa Morte.

There were hopes of Buzsaky arriving in time to be available to face Scunthorpe today.

Yesterday’s midday deadline to bring in permanent signings passed, however, and there is now interest on the continent for the 30-year-old.

Pompey will continue in their efforts to sign Buzsaky next week, but Appleton has succeeded in filling one of the two remaining spaces in his 20-man squad. That goes to Thomas who will go straight into the squad for the clash with the Iron at Fratton Park.

The 25-year-old arrives with a decent scoring pedigree in the lower echelons of the English game.

He bagged 19 strikes during a spell with Cheltenham, before going on to hit 11 goals in 42 appearances for the Cherries, with a short stint at Crawley punctuating those runs.

Appleton believes Thomas’ arrival gives him the extra competition needed up front.

And the Pompey boss reckons the striker will add a missing dimension in terms of strength and industry.

Appleton said: ‘It’s nice to freshen things up and bring people in because they’ve always got a point to prove.

‘I had a list of targets and he was part of that.

‘He’s got experience of this league, which is important as well. Having that experience gives you a little heads up on what you are facing and are about to face.

‘We’ll certainly get work-rate in abundance from him and, perhaps more importantly, an outlet.

‘When we are in a little bit of trouble he can get hold of the ball, make it stick and bring other people into play.

‘That’s possibly a bit different to what we currently have.

‘He’s fit, ready to go and will bring competition for places.’

Thomas’ arrival is a much-needed attacking boost, with Luke Rodgers facing a spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Buzsaky’s signature would be a huge coup for Appleton, though, with the classy talent featuring in the Premier League last season for QPR.

But there is still some distance to travel to see the move through to fruition.

Appleton said: ‘We have to work hard to bring anybody in. Nothing is simple.

‘Even the most simple thing is very difficult.

‘Akos can pick a pass, though, let’s put it that way.

‘A club like Portsmouth appeals to a player like him.

‘We haven’t got a lot of money to do business – but I’ve tried to tempt him to the club.’

Meanwhile, Pompey have been handed a boost with the news Josh Thompson’s ankle injury is not as bad as first feared. Thompson went over on his right ankle in training yesterday after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Pompey head of sports performance, Steve Allen, said: ‘It’s looking much more positive with Josh.’