Date:Friday May 30 2008
Harry Redknapp is refusing to rule out the option of Milan Baros still become a permanent Pompey signing - as we do still have first option on signing him - telling The News: 'I have not spoken to Milan yet and it wouldn't be right for me to say what I want to do with him.
'It depends on lots of things. You've got to look at how much the club want for him, wages, that sort of thing. That's what these things involve.
'Milan did well for us. I like him. He put in some good performances. He did well in some matches.
'Nothing is decided yet, honestly. A few things have to be discussed first and then we will look at it.
'We'll just have to wait and see what happens.'
He does not sound that convincing to me with his thoughts to be honest though...
As I keep saying his effort and commitment cannot really be faulted, as I thought he was always a willing and able runner but he just never looked like scoring, his confidence just was not there... maybe a goal would have seen him go on a run and he could have scored double figures? As said though that first goal just never looked like coming, and it never did!
His movement and the ability to make space for others was exceptional, and we would miss that but for £6m I think we would look elsewhere, if we could get him for something like £4m I think we would snap him up with few questions asked...
Whereas the striker that Jermain Defoe wants to be paired with next season is his England teammate Peter Crouch: 'it would be great if Crouchie came.
'He is still under contract at Liverpool but we will see.
'I think we can go far next season but we do need a bigger squad.'
I know not everyone is a fan of Crouch but I would put money on more people wanting him to return to Pompey than those not - the current poll shows that he has plenty of support.
Yep, I still think that Crouch will become a Pompey player once he leaves Liverpool - maybe we will have to wait until January and get him cheaper, maybe we will have to wait until next summer to get him for nothing but I think he will be back...
Defoe has also again spoken about his move to Pompey being the right one.
Although, and to round up this little lot on strikers, it might not be Baros or Crouch that we move for over the summer but an old favourite of Redknapp's, a name that makes many people groan Emile Heskey.
Redknapp makes no secret about his admiration for the England man and has often said that he would like to have him in his squad, even if the majority of Pompey fans might not!
So he is being viewed as a 'cheaper' alternative if other deals do not come off...
I will admit that I am not that big a fan of Heskey, but I do think he is better than a lot of people think and when he is at his best, and we saw this when he got back into the England side last season he is as good as anyone around, but he does not have many goals in him at all.
For such a big, powerful bloke he goes down far too easily and picks up a fair few injuries too so Benjani would be a much better option to him in my opinion I reckon. They are around the same age, would offer similar qualities but we know what Benjani can do, and what he would do, plus he would score more goals.
He will not come back though and we are not looking to bring him back, this is merely a comparison of the two.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday May 30 2008
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