Pompey splash £3m on 'great promise'
Portsmouth boss Paul Hart has admitted he`s splashed out a cool £3m on some "great promise which HOPEFULLY he will build upon…" after signing sulky Watford defender Mike Williamson.
Oooo, that`s a large chunk of cash to throw around on the potential of a 24 year old who is not even proven yet at Championship level after only joining from Wycombe some 8 months ago.
The terms of the deal Premier League Pompey have splashed £2m upfront with a further £1m wrapped up in add-ons for 'big time charlie` Williamson who now "has to prove himself as a front line player" according to the Fratton Park gaffer.
The strapping centre back has put pen to paper on 4 years worth of bench warming and reserve team football.
And he`s not even been drafted in to replace the departed Sylvain Distin at the heart of the Portsmouth defence. Oh no, that job that has been handed to Tal Ben Haim, who Hart heralded has been "signed to fill a role".
Ok, so Hart also told the unsure Fratton Park faithful that "he`s a young, hungry centre back, a big lad who`s uncompromising and does the basics first".
Um, Mr Hart - you appear to have omitted Williamson`s other personality traits shown of late - including selfish, arrogant, sulky and unprofessional.
One other question - we heard at around 3pm that Williamson had passed his medical at Fratton Park…. Well that was a quick recovery from the self-diagnosed injury that meant you ruled yourself out of the trip to Swansea, Mike???
There`s not even a 'Good luck at your new club` sign off on the Hornets official site, which tells it`s own story of this fiasco.