Portsmouth triallists: The Manchester City legend, Tottenham Hotspur great, Aston Villa, Barcelona, Newcastle United and Paris St Germain stars who fell through Blues' grasp

Some went on to royal blue - while others painfully fell by the wayside.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 6:09 pm
Has to be one of the big 'ones that got away' after it came to light Son had a Pompey trial in 2009.

Pompey have picked up some gems after trial periods down the years, but the Blues have also let some players through their grasp who have gone to have monumental careers in the game.

Here’s a list of some of the most famous - and infamous – triallists from the club’s history, along with some names which may catch you by surprise….

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One of the most famous triallists as Harry Redknapp concocted a story about misunderstanding the Frenchman talking about Thierry Henry and thus calling him Andy Henry on the team sheet at Kilmarnock in 2003.

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Pompey had the Barcelona man in their grasp before Manchester City snatched him away
Famously, or infamously, around under Paul Hart in 2009 but never made an appearance
Another huge name who was at the club's Eastleigh training ground early on his career
Looked close to a deal in 2003 ahead of Pompey's first Premier League campaign before ending up at Coventry
'Wayne Evans' has to be one of the most successful triallists in Pompey's history
Has to be one of the big 'ones that got away' after it came to light Son had a Pompey trial in 2009.
Was at Eastleigh in 2004 before Fulham sneaked in and landed the Senegal man
Had a few Pompey trials over the years
Non-league man made his mark at Hawks in 2013 - and earned himself a deal
Incredibly turned up on Pompey in trial on 1992 - a year after winning the Champions League with Red Star Belgrade alongside a certain Robert Prosinecki!
Another famous triallist from 2006 who popped with a goal Torquay, sparking debate over his identity.
Got turned down at Pompey as a youngster before eventually joining Cheltenham
Malta international turned up at Pompey in 2010 and 2013 but never earned a deal
Came close to joining Pompey in 2006 but Blues haggled over £1.6m price, he joined Catania and later moved to Fiorentina for 12m Euros!
Manchester City legend tried to earn a deal in 2003 without success.
Former Marseille man was at Pompey in 2003 - giving Harry Redknapp a chance to pepper his post-match interview with Marlon Brando quotes to an oblivious press
Pompey handed Brazilian winger Denilson a trial in 2006. The one-time world's most expensive player when he signed for Real Betis for £21.5m, couldn't agree a deal with the club