Bondz N’Gala has been backed to bully League Two sides – at both ends of the pitch.
Pompey made their move to land their 11th new face of the summer yesterday as they brought in the powerful defender.
It comes after the club failed to agree terms with Ricardo Rocha earlier this week.
N’Gala arrives on a month’s contract following his release from Stevenage at the end of last season.
The former West Ham trainee goes straight into Guy Whittingham’s squad for today’s League Two curtain-raiser against Oxford.
And N’Gala has been tipped to make his hulking presence count for his new side in the coming weeks.
Blues assistant manager Steve Allen knows the 6ft 2in Londoner from his days with the Hammers.
He feels N’Gala can be an ‘animal’ for Pompey as they aim to make an impact in the English game’s basement tier.
Allen also believes the 23-year-old can cause chaos against rivals from set-pieces with his forceful play.
He said: ‘Bondz is a great boy, good communicator and will be an asset for us.
‘He’s powerful, athletic and very quick for a player of his size and strength.
‘Bondz also fits into the right age bracket for us.
‘He’s the type of player opposing sides aren’t going to enjoy coming up against.
‘He has a huge presence and can look at you like he wants to kill you. On the pitch, he is an animal, a brute and a beast in both penalty areas. You wouldn’t want to mess with him.
‘He will certainly be a danger from set-pieces for us.
‘There’s definitely some potential there with him.’
N’Gala has picked up plenty of experience at lower-league level since leaving Upton Park.
He has had permanent stints at Plymouth, Yeovil and Stevenage over the past three years. N’Gala has also had loan experience at MK Dons, Scunthorpe and Barnet in his career.
The player’s preferred position is in the centre of defence, although he can operate as a right-back.
Allen was given a positive reference over N’Gala by former Stevenage manager Gary Smith, who feels he will be more than comfortable at League Two level.
The Pompey number two reckons N’Gala’s no-nonsense style of play will go down well with the Fratton faithful – and he will be a big use when his side come up against sides playing direct football.
Allen said: ‘I know Bondz from my time at West Ham.
‘But I spoke to Gary Smith who is someone who worked with him at Stevenage.
‘He was very complimentary about Bondz and thinks he will fit in well.
‘I think he will come into his own in those games where you go away up north and are under the cosh. He’ll put his head on anything for you.
‘We’re delighted to have him here.’