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Is it time for the 'littlest hobo' to move again?

Is it time for the 'littlest hobo' to move again?

According to today's Guardian Spurs fancy their chances of luring Lassana Diarra back to London this summer.

Spurs tried to sign him before we did, but Arsenal would not sell him to them so we got him in the end.

When he arrived he as near as admitted it would only be a 'stop gap'. It was hard to swallow but it soon became apparent that you could see why, and we accepted this would be beneficial to both parties. I know he did not really show the patience that he should, and he is a classy player but you can see signs of why he was not retained by Chelski or Arsenal - he still has areas to work on, so why not do this here?

Spurs are a big club, and should without any doubt be higher in the league than they are, but the simple fact is that over the course of a season the table does not lie and Spurs are no further forward in their quest for 'world domination' now than they have ever been - well in fact they are well back - despite all the talk over the years, so moving to them will just be a sideways step - granted they will invest heavily, very, very heavily this summer but have they not been doing this for years and where has it got them...

For any of our players to leave for anyone others than 'the big 4' in this country is almost inexcusable for me these days, as we can offer as much, in many instance more, than most others nowadays.

If he leaves this summer I will be disappointed, but if it was for a United, Madrid, Milan, Barcelona or someone of that stature I would accept this more, but with all due respect to Spurs should he leave us to go to them he would go down in my estimations royally, and would probably become every inch that 'mercenary' Arsenal fans warned us he was...

He could move on again this summer but surely he needs a little stability in his career now, so would it really hurt him that much to stay for another season at least? See the light Diarra and lose your 'littlest hobo' tag for a while and settle down on the South Coast, even if it is just for another season...


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Date:Wednesday May 7 2008
Time: 9:26AM


Without causing too much of a fuss here, Spurs are a bigger club than us. However, on the pitch, not that bigger & this season, probably not. However if Diarra is to be taken seriously, he can't keep jumping from club to club every few months. Id he went ti the giants of Spain or Italy, you can understand, but Spurs, whats the point. As he is a customer of mine (storage, of course), I'll let you know if he plans to take his furniture elsewhere!
07/05/2008 09:39:00
make sure you do - hopefully he will extend his storage stay with you...
without doubt spurs are a bigger club than us, but in terms of results and what they do on the pitch and the success it brings them in recent times they are certainly not bigger than us, so as you say if he wants to be concidered a 'serious player' he would stay here rather than make a crab like movement to spurs.
07/05/2008 09:50:00
Diarra?? thx but no overatted ex gooner player.
07/05/2008 10:02:00
As a spurs fan, who lived but a few mile from fratton park for the best part of 8 years, I find this one interesting. In terms of results, not much difference now the season is drawing to a close. We have a cup, you will (hopefully) have a cup. So both will be UEFA for next season. So the only reason for the move is that he feels that Spurs have a greater chance of going further. What Diarra has failed to realise is that Harry is a canny fella, and I expect Pompey to be a bit of a suprize package aginst some of the European teams (assuming you win on 17th). He will pick up a mercenary tag, but even mercenary's have their uses. You could apply the same to Carrick when he left us (albeit at a heft profit) or even Berbatov's anticipated departure. It's all down to a) money and b0 who is seen as a cup/title contender and finally c) the annoying pests that are known as 'agents' looking for their 'share of the pie'. Having said all that, I would still say that Spurs are bigger club just by the virtue of longevity of EPL, club size, and performances over recent seasons not just this one (which by comparison has been dire due to the early shenanigans). Good luck on 17th, it's there for you to win.
Tricky the spur
07/05/2008 10:06:00
I think you're mixing up the meaning of bigger club and better performances, undoubtedly Pompey have played better than Spurs this season. But to suggest it would be a sideways switch for Diarra is at the very least debatable. Good luck in the cup final though eh.
07/05/2008 10:08:00
until spurs - or anyone else - can offer diarra something we cant - and hopefully we will also have uefa cup football next season, fingers firmly crossed - any move to any club outside the top 4 will always be a sideways movement mate...
07/05/2008 10:18:00
Diarra to move, perhaps 65% likely. To Spurs, unlikely.
07/05/2008 10:21:00
Hey Matt; you've got to recognise him first :)
07/05/2008 10:25:00
My eye sight is verging on Mr Magoo!!!
07/05/2008 10:45:00
Are they bigger than us anymore? I dont thnik they are to be honest. May take another season of us finishing above them to accept it, and i know there is depth of squad, facilities etc to take into account, but if a player was coming in from abroad now, would we lose out to Spurs on each account??? i dont think we would.
07/05/2008 11:28:00
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