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Lassana Diarra

Lassana Diarra

The title was kept nice and simple, simply 'Lassana Diarra' not:

  • How long will Diarra stay?
  • Is Diarra the Best?
  • Can we keep hold of Diarra?

    Or anything else - although this will probably cover most of those areas and more to be honest.

    Diarra is the name that we are all pretty much talking about after every game, with us positively drooling over the fella and just how good he is, the media are also doing this and almost everyday Harry Redknapp is mentioning him.

    However Redknapp has started to express his concerns about being able to keep him, although his concerns - when reading between the lines - do not seem to be as short lived as ours...

    Many of us fear we could well lose him in the summer, but Redknapp's concerns seem slightly longer as he says that if he can get the kind of performances out of him that we have seen so far over the next couple of years before he inevitably moves on he will be pleased - if we can keep him that long I will be delighted!

    It might appear negative, but my thinking is we will do well to see him return next season, I think that it is quite probable that the premier league might also do well to see him return as some of Europe's finest could come calling - particularly if he excels for France at Euro 2008. He has already done Chelsea and Arsenal, so that only leaves United and Liverpool - and only United would be a big enough draw if you ask me.

    To have any chance at all of retaining him we must gain entry into the uefa cup minimum, and even then this could not be enough - even if we made the champions league again it might not be enough...

    A real concern that I have is the thought that 'a release clause' has been put into place in his contract, as this was something that was hinted at when he signed.

    If this is the case I just hope that this is at a level that is fitting to the player of his quality and was put in at £10m minimum! However just because there is a release clause - if there is - it does not mean that he will leave, you never know the admiration that he already has from the Fratton Faithful and respect he is shown by the players and Redknapp could be enough to sway him in staying for a while yet?

    After only a handful of games Diarra is already being spoken about as possibly 'one of the greatest players to ever don the Pompey shirt' and 'a candidate for player of the season' - is one, or both of these thoughts fair at this stage of his career?

    How good do we think Diarra really is, and how long in all honesty do you think that we can keep the fella at Fratton Park?

    This is something that each and everyone of us that read Vital Pompey should have an opinion on, so I hope that we all share it...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday February 12 2008
    Time: 8:00AM

    Comments

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    Morning Rug; a bit unfair to award him player of the season when he'll only played a maximum of a half. However, I know what you mean. If we can hang on to him next year, then yes a real contender. Don't underestimate HR getting another 12 months out of him.
    UKTony
    12/02/2008 08:30:00
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    Sorry to but in here but have you heard this toss? Portsmouth will launch a £2.5m raid for Nottingham Forest striker Junior Agogo. (The Sun) Smashing - another African - Should fit in well with us seeing as he can't hit a cows aars with a banjo.
    Et_tu_Pompeii
    12/02/2008 08:47:00
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    Ahem. Diarra will stay with us if we are in the Champions League, so it's simple, Pompey, take 4th place and no problemo.
    Et_tu_Pompeii
    12/02/2008 08:49:00
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    A good read Rug, and I can only hope we're all being a bit pessimistic with regards how long the lad'll stick around....I mean, we pretty much have good players throughout the squad now, so it's not like he's being made to show his skills with idiots around him. I'd like to think he'll be here for at least the whole of next season as well. As for Junior Agogo.....the lad's top heavy! Far too many weights, and he's slower then he should be because of it....not to mention that he's played for Forest for years for a reason.
    Tantona
    12/02/2008 08:54:00
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    morning fellas, the 'one of the greatest players to ever don the Pompey shirt' and 'a candidate for player of the season' thoughts are not exactly mine, just some words being spoken abouth im apparently, altho in all fairness if he continues his early form then i think he will be our player of the season wont he? at this point in time i reckon we should just all enjoy the ride - if he goes he goes, if he stays that would be fantastic... i do think that he is starting to 'fall in love' with pompey as so many players do, so that could also play a part in where the future of 'the littlest hobo' lies - i cannot take credit for that nickname, that was paultsmouth...
    pompeyrug
    12/02/2008 08:59:00
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    junior agogo? surely just the papers putting the fact that we have 'a few' african players in our squad and he is a team mate of muntari's together and getting their answer... agogo - to me - in all honesty seemed to struggle at the african nations tbh, so he wouldnt have a chance in the premier league!
    pompeyrug
    12/02/2008 09:01:00
    0
    Well all I can say is best not build a team around him....
    ChrisW
    12/02/2008 09:40:00
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    Why does everybody talk in terms of Diarra LEAVING US.The last guy to receive "HR" plaudits was missing flights at the airport and in total bewilderment. Its not always the players decision.
    007
    12/02/2008 09:49:00
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    what do you mean 007? we are simply going on what Diarra said himself...
    ChrisW
    12/02/2008 10:05:00
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    Diarra will go in the summer. The money on offer will be too good for Sasha , Storrie and HR to refuse. Also Sasha wants to get as much from transfers and TV rights etc into his pocket before he sells. Corporate Raiding is the polite term. I've never actually seen anyone hit a cows arse with a banjo. Do they use an 8,10 or 12 string banjo? We won't see another African player at Pompey while Sasha's the owner unless the player has a non african citizenship. It won't matter what HR wants. It's a change of direction for the club and that was more than likely one of the main reasons for letting Benji go. Expect to see 2 more of the Africans go in the summer.
    frattonaussie
    12/02/2008 10:07:00
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