Tucked in at the bottom of the Pompey preview on the offal is the confirmation that Stefano Okaka will make his Fulham debut tomorrow night. Nicky Shorey will start at left back too by the sounds of it.
Both of them will play tomorrow. He’s [Okaka] a great talent and has potential because he’s an Italian U21 international. He hasn’t played that many games for the Roma team but he has played some important matches for them and made a very important contribution as a substitute.
He’s a strong player and has an eye for goal. He’s a determined type of goalscorer and we hope in our current situation, with Andy Johnson out for a further considerable time, he will help us up front to score some goals.
We’ve been struggling at left back since Paul Konchesky got injured because we’ve not had that player that can cover on the left hand side. We’ve not had a natural left footer and we’ve tried to play right backs there and they’ve struggled.
Toni Kallio has been injured for a long while and has now been allowed to leave for Shefffield United. The reason I let Toni leave is because we were able to bring in Nicky Shorey who is a very similar player to Paul Konchesky who I am hoping will do a similar great job to the one Paul has done.