Sa­har out in the cold at Pom­pey

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Is­rael striker Ben Sa­har’s stop-start Premier­ship ca­reer took a turn for the worse fol­low­ing Portsmouth’s Car­ling Cup exit against his par­ent club, Chelsea.

Sa­har joined Portsmouth on a six­month loan in July but de­spite im­press­ing in pre-sea­son, he has failed to make an ap­pear­ance and looks un­likely to get many first team chances.

The 19-year-old suf­fered a fur­ther blow when boss Harry Red­knapp did not name him in the club’s Uefa Cup squad last month as Chelsea did do not want him cup-tied.

The Stam­ford Bridge club want the op­tion of us­ing Sa­har in their Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign, if and when he re­turns to them in Jan­uary.

The player is now only el­i­gi­ble to play for Portsmouth in the league as top-flight teams do not join the FA Cup un­til Jan­uary.

Sa­har has the for­mi­da­ble task of com­pet­ing against Peter Crouch, Jer­maine De­foe, Kanu, John Utaka and David Nu­gent.

He scored the equaliser for Is­rael in the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match against S wi t z e r l a n d l a s t mon t h b u t i n j u r e d his knee in the f o l l o w i n g game against Moldova.

L a s t s e a - s o n, he was loaned to QPR and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day but with first team chances so lim­ited at Chelsea, he is al­most cer­tainly re­gret­ting turn­ing down the op­tion of go­ing on loan to Dutch first divi­sion out­fit NEC Ni­jmegen.

Ben Sa­har: left out of Uefa squad

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