Hitman has point to prove

New Pompey striker Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler
New Pompey striker Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler

RICHIE BARKER weighed up Ryan Taylor’s arrival at Pompey and promised: He’s got a point to prove.

And the Blues boss backed his new striking recruit to show the hunger needed to make him a hit at Fratton Park.

The 25-year-old arrived last week on an 18-month deal after finding himself left in the cold at Bristol City.

Barker explained Taylor is typical of the kind of business he will be carrying out when making recruits.

The Pompey manager feels the hitman ticks boxes in terms of being affordable and available.

But it’s having the fire in them to show they can be a success which is key to Barker.

‘I thought Ryan bought in to what we were trying to do on Saturday,’ said the boss.

‘He recognised, as people will need to do here, it’s about the team and end result as opposed to individuals. He has bought into that well.

‘Ryan hasn’t played a lot of football.

‘We are not going to be signing people who have played regularly in someone’s first team. We haven’t got the ability to do that.

‘But I have scoured many a reserve-team game, plucking people from reserve sides.

‘I’m sure that’s what I will continue to do.

‘He hasn’t played a lot of football recently.

‘The move to Bristol City, when they were in the Championship, didn’t work as well as he would’ve hoped.

‘But I’ve said often before I look for young, hungry players with something to prove – and I think he’s got something to prove.

‘You can see he has size but is a technical player.

‘We need different things from our players to get us to where we need to be.

‘He’s been playing for Bristol City at a good level so he can obviously deal with the ball.

‘He’s hungry and wants to go on and succeed.

‘He’s got more than just technical attributes, he’s got psychological attributes.

‘He needs to prove a point.’

Meanwhile, Pompey are yet to rubber-stamp the arrival of Jake Jervis.

A deal has been sealed for the 22-year-old until the end of the season.

But the Blues are still waiting for international clearance after his long-running wrangle with former club, Turkish side Elazigspor, was resolved.

Barker is hopeful he will be able to call on Jervis against Mansfield this weekend.

‘We are checking hourly on Jake,’ said Baker.

‘We’re reliant on the people in Turkey with their computers.

‘So we are in the lap of the gods.

‘I don’t think anyone can help.

‘It’s a system and process in place we can’t do a lot about.

‘When you talk about European countries with their laid-back approach, they might’ve put it on a pile and gone home, to deal with later.’