Pressley warning to Sky Blues
El-Hadji Ba has welcomed reported interest from Sunderland,
Wigan and Newcastle and says he would love to play in the Premier
Prior to making his debut with Le Havre in February last year,
the France U20 international was linked with a move to
The defensive midfielder is now understood to be attracting
interest from numerous clubs, and is regarded by some as the best
prospect to come out of the Le Havre academy since Paul Pogba.
Pogba, who moved to Juventus from Manchester United and recently
received a call up to the France squad, has provided inspiration to
Ba as he looks to take his own career to the next level.
“He is definitely the one for me to follow in his footsteps at
the moment,” Ba said.
“Pogba is doing very well and I am happy for him to be playing
for one of the top teams in the world in Juventus.
“I want to improve, and it is very good to hear that clubs have
been scouting me.
“I would love to play in England one day. If teams have a good
enough offer, then they (Le Havre) will let me go.”
Sheffield United striker Jamie Murphy has been ruled out of
Saturday’s home game through injury.
Murphy was forced out of last week’s heavy defeat at Stevenage
and is struggling with back and hamstring problems.
Teenager Callum McFadzean replaced Murphy and could be in line
for his first league start for the Blades, but on-loan pair
Jonathan Forte and Dominic Poleon provide manager Danny Wilson with
Wilson has no other new injury or suspension worries, but could
be tempted to make one or two changes.
Defender Danny Higginbotham and forward Chris Porter, back from
his loan spell at Shrewsbury, are pushing for recalls.
Teenage striker Diego De Girolamo and defender Lecsinel
Jean-Francois have both had surgery to repair cruciate ligament
damage and will miss the rest of the season.
The Blades are hoping to climb back into an automatic promotion
spot with victory over the second-placed Bees.
Kevin O’Connor and Farid El Alagui are close to returning to the
Brentford squad ahead of the trip to their promotion rivals.
The duo have been sidelined since early in the season but made
their comebacks for the reserves this week.
Club captain and long-serving midfielder O’Connor suffered an
ankle injury in November and striker El Alagui has been out with a
knee injury since October.
But both came through an hour of action on Monday afternoon, so
boss Uwe Rosler must decide whether to take them to Bramall Lane or
give them another reserve run-out first.
Defender Scott Barron (hip) and back-up goalkeeper Richard Lee
(shoulder) have undergone operations and will be out for the rest
of the season.
The Sky Blues are three points off the play-off places with
seven games left and travel to Fratton Park to face a Pompey side
who are eight points adrift of safety, but have lost just one of
their last five games.
And Pressley knows his side will have to be at their best to
keep their top-six hopes alive.
“It is always difficult playing sides who are fighting for their
lives as they have so much to play for,” he told the club’s
“They will be determined to get the win and we need to be
bringing our best game to Fratton Park this weekend.
“They are similar to Hartlepool in that sense and we saw how
difficult that game was, so we need the same commitment again.
“Every single day here we train to win, and I will be expecting
that mentality to come through on the pitch this weekend.
“We need to be able to keep the momentum up and with us just
three points outside the play-offs, there is everything to play
“I want to create a real winning culture at this football club
and you only achieve that by setting standards and then maintaining