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'Arry wants more English talent

Harry Redknapp has said that he would like to sign more English talent this summer, but as the best home grown talent can be so expensive it can be difficult as he said.

I think it is fair to say that although there is not as much of a shortage as people might be led to believe, the amount that are of a genuine quality that would improve us at a price that would be affordable is hard - do not get me wrong we are short of quality English players these days, it is as said the over inflated price tag that goes with them.

Peter Crouch is one name that is constantly linked with us, so it would not surprise me if he returned this summer as I do think he will leave Liverpool. I am not a fan but Jermaine Pennant could also be a possibility, as could Shaun Wright Phillips but I dare say their prices will be fairly high, maybe too high...

All being well I believe that in the coming years we have a chance of having more British, if not English talent coming through as the Academy side seem to be producing some quality - so as long as they carry on progressing as they are at an early age I do not think we will have a shortage in the future.

In the short term I do not think we will get that many Englishmen arriving this summer, but in the years to come I think we will have our fair share - although in all fairness we are not without a good amount of English talent within our squad as it is are we really...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 2 2008

Time: 8:19AM

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As long as it is top notch talent they can come from planet Zog but absolutely, the more English the better. Though not from Wales, I think we should draw a line with them.
storagematt
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02/05/2008 10:00:00

I agree Matt - we should avoid anyone with sheep in their lineage.
NinjaTim
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02/05/2008 10:55:00

I think "HR" has recognised that African talent is rather fickle. Just compere the effort and application of our past loved English players Gary and Matt.
007
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02/05/2008 11:05:00

The more English the better, the more home grown players even better.;
eastneydave
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02/05/2008 12:16:00

Lua lua certainly couldn't be described as a grafter. Rory Allen, anybody?
Pompeyscum
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02/05/2008 12:17:00

myabe we will get giles barnes and leroy lita, they are young, english, and possibly will both be in the championship next year...
jbaker
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02/05/2008 13:14:00

This has been Vital Burnley. They have a link to complain to the FAW. So otraged are they about the decision. This is it but you may have to type it in: Viahttp://www.faw.org.uk/contact-us
storagematt
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02/05/2008 13:46:00

What about Nolan at Bolton?
NinjaTim
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02/05/2008 17:02:00

I still think our best chance of an English player would be Peter crouch.
pompeyyong
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02/05/2008 18:40:00

peter crouch looks likely - but in all honesty, how many english players are for sale, AND good enough? not many, particually with clubs like spurs picking them all out for ridiculas amounts of money (darren bent, gareth bale etc.)
pompeycarpet
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02/05/2008 20:09:00

To right carpet, & thats exactly Harrys point too.
pompeyyong
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02/05/2008 20:37:00

I have done some research on English and European players that are likely to be available this transfer period and are presently playing first team or on the bench in the Premier league. Based on what managers and players and sometimes agents (though I have not put a great deal of merit in agents reports) have said, I have come up with 31 players who would like a move to another club in the premier league. I have not included players that have stated they want to move to a European club or any Pompey players who want to move away from Pompey. Amongst those are some very good players who have fallen out with managers or who are talented but out of form or young and just haven't been given a chance yet. I think Harry could easily come up with 6 players from them that would fill our needs without venturing out of the premier league and without breaking the bank.
frattonaussie
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03/05/2008 07:39:00

Acording to the mail we have put in a formal bid of 8m for Crouch
pompeyyong
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03/05/2008 12:07:00

 

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