Benjani: Kids will come good

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Benjani backed Michael Appleton’s youthful Pompey vision to pay dividends.

The departing Blues fans’ favourite believes Appleton is the right man to rebuild the first team next season.

And he reckons there is the young talent in the ranks to make his plans work in League One.

Benjani delivered an emotional goodbye to Pompey fans in The News on Wednesday.

But he feels there is talent coming into the senior fray to see Pompey come good in the future.

Benjani said: ‘The gaffer is the right man for the job and to turn things around.

‘I think he is the ideal person for Portsmouth in the position they are in.

‘The reason for that is the future for the club is going to be the kids.

‘They are the ones the team will have to rely on more and more next season.

‘They are not used to playing together but, what I’ve seen of them, I think they are able to do it.

‘It’s going to be a new team and they are going to be important.

‘But it’s possible for them to do well.’

The likes of youngsters Ashley Harris, Adam Webster and Sam Magri are being tipped to play a more significant role in Pompey’s first-team picture in the new campaign.

Having worked with the players, Benjani has confidence in them to come good for their team if they are thrown in.

He said: ‘I’ve seen Ashley play and I’ve seen Sam.

‘They have a lot to learn but now could be the right time for them.

‘I think when the time comes next season they will be ready.

‘It’s a new division which is a bit of a lower level.

‘They have talent, though, and I really believe they will be fine.’