Gone But Not Forgotten
This season is our third in the premiership.
The first two we survived quite comfortably in the end, but his season we have looked the most part dis-jointed, and lacking in leadership and creativity.
In our promotion season, Harry Redknapp had a team who were 80% new to each other yet gelled from day one.
Alain Perrin ripped apart last seasons squad, Yak was always going to
leave, Stone, Hislop and Berger not offered contracts, De Zeeuw sold
during pre-season and the prima-donna Robert bought in as our BIG signing.
Who have we missed most?
The Yak had his critics, but was worth at least 15-20 goals a season, this year we're struggling to score that as a team, despite bringing in Karadas(1), Silva(3), Benjani(0), Mbesumba(0), Olisadebe(0) and Todorov and Pericard have been in the most part over-looked. It sums everything up when our top-scorer is a left-back/left-winger!
De Zeeuw left as he was deemed surplus to requirements, he has gone on to captain a cup-finalist team and his leadership and desire earn him m-o-m awards week in, week out in Wigan. Stone and Berger have spent nearly all the season injured, Stone looking like he may be finished.
Can you really hope to remove the spine from a team, and hope for instant success?
Pompey have no real characters on the pitch, dedicated as Stefanovic is, he doesn't have the same presence as Captain.
Lua-Lua says he wants to stay whatever next season, if we go down I think we will lose Taylor and O'Neil, and we will probably have to watch as at least one of them challenges for major honours.
Who do fellow Pompey fans miss the most? and who do we replace them with close-season?