NEW BOY IS A BIG BLUES BOOST

Erik Huseklepp during his impressive cameo at Bristol City
Erik Huseklepp during his impressive cameo at Bristol City
Pompey front man Conor Chaplin Picture: Joe Pepler

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Luke Varney has backed the Erik Huseklepp factor to keep lighting up Pompey.

The Norway international made an impressive cameo during an eye-catching Blues debut on Saturday.

It took just six minutes as a substitute to make a favourable impression on Pompey fans at Bristol City.

Huseklepp’s introduction for Liam Lawrence provided the major talking point from an otherwise drab Ashton Gate encounter.

It was a first glimpse of the pacy attacker – not just for fans but Varney as well.

And the former Derby man is excited about the new recruit’s presence in the Pompey squad.

Varney said: ‘It’s fantastic having Erik here, really good.

‘I’ve said it before, we need a few faces to freshen the place up and he’s really done that.

‘He has been here only a couple of days and you can see what a prospect he is going to be for us. He is going to give us those legs and the attacking threat we need.

‘Some games we have had a lot of possession but probably haven’t made the right decisions in the final third.

‘So he is only going to help with that with his quality and I am really looking forward to teaming up with him.

‘On Saturday, their defenders were tired so it was good to bring on a player like that for six minutes to get a game.

‘It just showed you what he is going to bring to us and, hopefully, that will be a lot of assisted goals and a lot more points to get us up the table.

‘I’m looking forward to teaming up with him. That debut heightens our expectations now and we are really pleased we have strengthened the squad.

‘Already, he looks a great signing and the lads are starting to see what he is going to do.’

Varney had trained with the £1.5m recruit from Bari just once before Huseklepp’s Ashton Gate unveiling at the weekend.

It was nothing more than a brief glimpse of the 26-year-old’s talents.

Yet Huseklepp’s appearance on Saturday helped to display much more of his ability.

And his team-mate was clearly highly impressed with what he had witnessed.

Varney added: ‘I have to be honest, before Erik signed I didn’t know a lot about him, I’d not heard of him.

‘In fact before Saturday I’d had only one session with him. A few of us didn’t train on Thursday.

‘You can’t see that much in training. It is difficult to get a gauge, but a match scenario is the main thing and he has already shown what his prospects are.

‘You could see what he is going to bring to the team and put in a couple of crosses in straight away. Benji (Benjani) and Kits (Dave Kitson) are going to enjoy being in there.

‘Hopefully, I can get on the end of some of it as well.

‘It’s a good price tag the club have paid for Erik but already he has impressed.’