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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pompey out of their minds?

Has Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp got a screw loose? He’s always been, shall we say, eccentric, but selling a player after just a month and a handful of games would be a new record of some kind, surely. It’s always been managers who have traditionally seen short stays at a club but this time it could be a player as the club has admitted David Nugent is on the block with Derby County interested as they attempt to sign Nicolas Anelka from Bolton before the transfer window closes.

Nugent was signed from Preston during the summer and scored his first goal for the club in a Carling Cup win against woeful Leeds United. Selling him to Preston would link the player back up with his former manager Billy Davies.

"Sometimes when you are trying to raise money you have to sell someone you don't really want to sell. That could be David but it could be others. What we need is somebody who can get us 15 to 20 goals a season and if we can do some good business and improve the team we will." –Redknapp

Sorry, ‘arry, but this would not be an example of good business. First off, what message do you send to future young players you want to sign? Second, Pompey don’t seem lacking in goal scoring, 6 goals in their first 4 games is as good as anyone else in the Premiership. Their problem is that they have leaked 5. They should have never conceded in the 84th minute against Derby and if they didn’t, would be sitting on 7 points and a spot in the top 5.

If you sign a young player, he deserves a chance. Nugent is not some girl at a bar you toss off because a cuter one walks by. Harry Redknapp, for all of his ability to make a great deal would become nothing more than a cut-throat shark in my mind. I gave him a pass on his come-go-return to Pompey a few seasons ago when he left for and then left Southampton, but it would change my view on that. Redknapp would become no more than another opportunist in a world already full of them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear. Let's add some sense to this nonsense. Firstly, young players will not be put off. Why should they see Nugent as an example? Why not Cranie, who also joined in the summer and is proving a real success (or Taylor or O'Neil etc. etc.) Secondly, if Pompey have conceded some goals (shock, horror), no one seriously following Pompey thinks the defence (Campbell, Distin, Primus, etc.) needs strengthening. Goal-scoring strikers are the problem. You don't seriously think Redknapp's comments about needing a 15-20 goal striker are wrong, do you? And, sadly, Nugent is not one.

8/29/2007 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't say HR hasn't been patient with Benjani. He put up with a lot of erratic performances from Pamarot, Traore and even LuaLua before offloading him. Taylor, O'Neil are still on the rise and Crainie will be joining them before long.

The fact of the matter is, we want to get into Europe/UEFA THIS year. For that we need a 15 goal-a-season NOW. Not in two years' time, when they've found their feet. Much as I would love to see Nugent develop here at Fratton and see Defoe/Anelka/A.N.Other join as well, I am afraid £6m is a big offset to put toward a proven premiership striker.

- TurkTownBlue

8/29/2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not one person has yet spoken in Nugents defence. I think its true that there was a misunderstanding, and as Nugent is only 22, maybe he was a bit nieve, and sending out the wrong vibes by his constant cinversations with Billy Davies. Now that they have ironed out the misunderstandings, and Nugent has said he wants to fight for his place, im sure he will stay at Pompey, and Billy will stop whispering in his ear... I see him staying and developing, and i see a proven striker coming in alongside those already there, not in place of any already there.

The people leaving, i suspect will be Dejan, and maybe Sol, if he really really wants to go abroad.

As for this article, the twot who wrote it, ticks all the boxes in my opinion for just strirring it up for the sake of it.

8/30/2007 11:48 AM  
Anonymous HSBGuzzler said...

In many respects footballers deserve less loyalty and respect than the bird you would toss off at the bar when a cuter one walks past (presumably you mean in the 'get rid of sense!'), as they are even quicker to jump when a more promising sugerdaddy comes along.

8/30/2007 4:36 PM  

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