The South Coast has been the scene of much upheaval in recent weeks, with Portsmouth losing the services of Harry Redknapp, replacing him with Tony Adams, against the backdrop of the club owner Alexandre Gaydamak making it common-knowledge that the FA Cup holders is a club up for sale for as little as Â£20 million (according to reports).
Yet despite all the commotion, Pompey have managed to land a new recruit to their playing staff, signing 17-year-old Ghanaian striker Torric Jibril on a three-year contract, who has the promise of becoming a top attacking midfielder, equipped with the ability to beat defenders and create goal-scoring opportunities.
The talented left-footed midfielder, nicknamed â€œShow Boyâ€ in Ghana, was tracked by a number of big clubs including Atletico Madrid and Arsenal although he reportedly failed trials at bothÂ teams.
However Portsmouth fans may have to wait a little while before they get the opportunity to see Jibril in the flesh, as the youngster is set to initially join Pompey’s feeder team in Belgium, Zulte Waregem, while his work permit is being processed.
As part of the deal to sign Jibril from Hearts of Oak – the Ghanaian club responsible for producing Black Stars captain Stephan Appiah – the African club have received a sell-on percentage for the player, as well as entering a partnership with Portsmouth to establish an academy in Ghana together with a regular end of season trials for the most promising players which the club produces.
On joining the Premier League, the young confident Jibril said, “I’m sure very soon I will be one of the best players in England. God willing I will live up to my potential because with all these facilities here in England I will not disappoint. Where I have come from we donâ€™t have all of these. So the sky is the limit.”
Video evidence of Torric Jibril can be seen here.