It seems that things haven’t worked out for Chelsea’s Ben Sahar at Portsmouth, because the news is they’re sending him back in January.
Our 19 year old went off to Pompey on loan in the summer but having featured regularly for them pre-season, very little was heard about him after that, mainly because he hasn’t played a competitive game for them. Mind you, with Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Kanu and David Nugent all ahead of him, it’s hardly surprising Sahar hasn’t had a look-in.
So, with the young Chelsea striker-come-winger not even named in the squad for the majority of the time, Portsmouth have decided not to take the option of extending his original 6-month loan deal.
Chairman Peter Storrie has confirmed the news, stating “Ben will go back in January. It has been a mutual decision. He’s not been involved but the coaches feel he’s not at that level and that he will be better in the Championship. He’s had injuries and needs to play somewhere but I think at the moment that would be in the Championship. He may go to another Premier League side, that is up to Chelsea but he will go back to them at the beginning of January.”
I guess the bad news for Sahar is that if Portsmouth’s assessment is that he isn’t good enough for their first team, he won’t fare any better on his return to Stamford Bridge.